The taxi driver was assaulted after picking up his alleged assailant from a work Christmas party.
The taxi driver was assaulted after picking up his alleged assailant from a work Christmas party.

Man stays in custody over cabbie assault

A BRISBANE furniture removalist accused of bashing a taxi driver on Christmas Eve after an argument about the fare has been remanded in custody after a court heard he was already on bail for other offences.

Gene Uhrle faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning charged with assault occasioning bodily harm of a cabbie who was taking the man and some workmates from the nearby the Eatons Hill Hotel on Monday about 7pm. The group were heading home from a work Christmas party.

The court heard the taxi driver suffered bleeding to the brain, a broken nose and fractured eye socket after being punched in the back of the head after a dispute broke out in the cab over the cost of the fare.

The court heard Uhrle and some other men allegedly began arguing with the driver after he dropped them across the road from a McDonald’s at Murrumba Downs, instead of taking them into the car park.

Following the alleged assault, the driver did an illegal U-Turn into the car park before police arrested several men over the incident, who were allegedly still shouting at the man after he was assaulted.

The court heard it was not clear whether Uhrle had delivered the blow to the taxi driver, but he had been sitting in the back seat directly behind the cabbie.

The man, who works for a furniture removal company and lives in Banyo, was on bail for robbery at the time he allegedly committed the assault, the court was told.

Uhrle was denied bail and will return to court on January 14.