Cabbie charged over assault

POLICE have charged a taxi driver over the stabbing of a passenger in Parramatta at the weekend.

They said the male driver, 54, picked up a man, 34, at Rhodes about 3.30pm on Saturday and he asked to be taken to Parramatta.

The men allegedly argued over the route.

The passenger paid his fare on arrival at Houison Place at Parramatta, police said, but the dispute continued and it is alleged the man kicked out at the taxi but without causing damage.

Police were told the taxi driver got out of the car and the pair fought until the driver allegedly took a screwdriver from the taxi and stabbed the passenger’s arm.

The victim was treated at Hornsby hospital and police were contacted.

Police said they found the taxi driver in Mosman and he was stopped, searched and two screwdrivers were seized. He was arrested and charged with reckless wounding and granted bail to appear before Parramatta Local Court on February27.

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