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Cabbie permanently scarred after row over £20 fare

Sajid Javed was stabbed and punched by two men after requesting the fare up front.

Attack: Cab driver left permanently scarred following assault.
Attack: Cab driver left permanently scarred following assault.

A cab driver has been left permanently scarred after being assaulted by two men over a £20 fare.

Sajid Javed was stabbed by Gordon McPherson, 21, and repeatedly punched by Dylan Sullivan, 20, outside their house in August this year.

Mr Javed was pounced upon after requesting his fare up front in the early hours of the morning.

McPherson and Sullivan pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to the assault on Mr Javed, who told STV in October that CCTV cameras should be installed in taxis.

The court heard the pair ordered a cab to their house in Govan to Scotstoun in Glasgow’s west end and back again.

The call handler told them that the fare would have to be paid up front because of the distance.

‘McPherson struck Mr Javed on the head and body with a knife while Sullivan repeatedly punched him on the head.’

Pat Callendar, Prosecutor

Mr Javed arrived and told McPherson and Sullivan that the fare was £20, which they “took exception” to.

Prosecutor Pat Callendar said: “They began to assault him.

“McPherson struck Mr Javed on the head and body with a knife while Sullivan repeatedly punched him on the head.

“Mr Javed bled during the assault.”

Neighbours claimed to have heard the assault taking place and the name ‘Gordon’ shouted.

Mr Javed made his way into his taxi while his attackers fled the scene.

A neighbour made a 999 call and an ambulance took Mr Javed to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

‘Mr Javed will be permanently scarred.’

Pat Callendar, Prosecutor

Mr Javed was treated for a wound to his upper cheek which required nine stitches.

He also received four stitches for a cut on his head and two for a gash on his back.

Miss Callendar added: “Mr Javed will be permanently scarred.”

Police later attended at the house and Sullivan was spotted with blood on his clothing.

Sullivan told the officers that he had been assaulted but gave no further details. McPherson was also tracked down and had blood on his hands.

The pair were then arrested by police.

Sentence was deferred until next week by Sheriff Ian Fleming for background reports. McPherson and Sullivan were remanded in custody.

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