South Shields man spared jail after racially abusing taxi drivier and making off without paying fare

A South Tyneside man has been spared a jail term for racially abusing a taxi driver and making off without paying his fare.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 11:45 am
Anthony Peacock

Anthony Peacock, 40, of Stoker Avenue, South Shields, was handed a 20-week jail term, suspended for 18 months, when he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

He was also ordered by the magistrates to pay £400 compensation to the driver, Bhupinder Singh.

It comes after Peacock pleaded guilty to charges of assault by beating, a racially aggravated pubic order offence and making off without payment.

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The offences happened in the early hours of Thursday, September 26, last year.

Peacock, who the court was told avoided paying a fare of £25.60, was also ordered by the magistrates to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and to pay a £121 victim surcharge, with court costs of £85 to pay.