Gladstone Courthouse.
Gladstone Courthouse. Rebecca Davis

Man pleads guilty to assault after punching taxi driver

A MAN who punched a taxi driver twice in the face because he thought he was being driven home the wrong way faced court on Tuesday charged with assault.

Trent William Bowen, 35, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm and breaching bail following the incident on July 14 last year.

The Gladstone Magistrates Court heard the defendant was picked up by the taxi driver.

Bowen, who had been drinking, believed the taxi driver was going the wrong way to his home and overcharging him.

The driver pulled over and asked him to get out of the taxi.

The defendant first offered to pay the victim $70 to continue the trip.

When refused, Bowen punched the driver twice in the face.

Bowen was placed on 12 months probation and ordered to pay $1500 to the driver.