Hearings are listed to begin at 10am but nothing happens for first 40 minutes. “This is dead time.” says Sir Paul Stephenson, the former Met Commissioner.
10.40am: Fabian Leal, 29, from Kennington in south London. Leal, a Colombian national, pleaded guilty to obstructing a West End street by stopping his rickshaw in the road on August 25. He had no previous convictions and had only started working as a rickshaw driver in time for the Olympics.
Sentence: conditional discharge and £85 costs.
Sir Paul Stephenson’s verdict: “What is he doing here? This is a victimless crime and suitable to be dealt with outside of a court.”
Thomas the Taxi's verdict: Why has this man not been given a fixed penalty ticket for obstructing the queens highway. If this was a Taxi he would have been given a £130 fixed penalty.
10.50am: Stuart London, 29, a father-of-four from Deptford, south east London. London, who has a history of violent offending including a two-and-a-half year jail term for wounding, terrified a black cab driver by jumping on his bonnet, thumping his windscreen with his fists and ripping a wing mirror off after claiming the taxi had tried to run him down. London was tazered by an armed police officer who had raced to the scene from the nearby American embassy. London pleaded guilty to criminal damage.
Sentence: To remain under curfew from 9pm to 5am for the next six months and to pay £400 compensation.
London, who is on benefits, agrees to pay £20 a fortnight.
Sir Paul’s verdict: “How depressing that this man is paying a fine to the state out of money from the state. He has committed a violent thuggish offence which is consistent with his history. He has so many convictions, it is depressing.”
Thomas the Taxi's verdict: How is it that this thug, with many similar conviction for violence is allowed to stay at large and present a danger to the general public. Are they waiting for him to kill some one before they finally bang him up?
Photo: left, Fabian Leal Right, Stuart London
Passenger who bi Taxi driver in attack, is jailed