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Cycling Road Rage Cyclist's Assault on Taxi Driver, Theft of Keys & Property Damage SMH

Cyclist assaults Sydney cabbie

February 12, 2006 - 2:58PM

A cyclist has allegedly punched a taxi driver in the head and stolen the keys to his cab, in the latest act of violence against Sydney cabbies.

The 42-year-old taxi driver sustained minor bruising to the head as a result of the incident, which occurred shortly after he dropped off two passengers in Beauchamp Road, Maroubra about 1.30am (AEDT) today.

Police say the driver was then approached by a male riding a red bicycle who punched him in the head.

As the driver attempted to drive away, the cyclist removed the keys from the cab's ignition.

The man retreated when witnesses came to the driver's aid, only to return and throw an object at the taxi, causing damage to a window and door.

The man then fled on the bicycle with the keys to the taxi, police say.

The cyclist is described as white/European in appearance, thin build, about 18 years old, and wearing shorts and a white, long-sleeved jacket wrapped around his head.

The incident is the latest in a spate of attacks on Sydney taxi drivers, including the death of Youbert Hormozi, who was beaten and left for dead on a street in Canley Heights on January 31.
Two 14-year-old girls have been charged with his murder and will appear in Lidcombe Children's Court on March 30.

Another taxi driver was threatened with a knife and had his cab stolen when he was robbed at Daceyville on February 9, while another cabbie was punched in the face during an incident in Matraville yesterday.


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