Sunderland cabbie attacker has his jail term cut

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A MAN who attacked a taxi driver has had his jail term cut on appeal by top judges.

Michael Hancill launched his assault after his girlfriend was locked in the car because he could not pay his fare.

The 27-year-old punched the cabbie twice and dragged him out of the car, after leaving to try to find money for the fare.

Hancill of Roedean Road, Red House, was jailed for a total of just over 15 months on August 1 at Newcastle Crown Court, after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

That sentence included a 13-week suspended term activated after he breached it by committing the assault.

This week Mr Justice Foskett and Judge Charles Wide, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, reduced the total sentence to 13 months.

Hancill’s lawyers argued he had been treated too harshly.

It was said the incident, after Hancill had started it, was a “two-way fight” which ended up with the taxi driver, who was “a large man” “straddling and controlling” his attacker on the ground.