OUTSIDE COURT: Taxi driver Mr Karthik said Rockhampton taxi drivers were not safe on the road.
OUTSIDE COURT: Taxi driver Mr Karthik said Rockhampton taxi drivers were not safe on the road. Emma Clarke

Taxi driver pleased with attacker's justice

A ROCKHAMPTON taxi driver who was robbed and punched in the face by a customer in March was present at his attacker's sentence this afternoon and said he was glad the defendant was given justice.

Andrew William Horsfall, 23, pleaded guilty to one count each of robbery with personal violence and wilful damage in Rockhampton District Court after he attacked Mr Karthik at 3am on March 19.

Horsfall was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison and an additional 12 months in prison with parole eligibility on June 23, 2016 and ordered to pay $700 compensation.

Mr Karthik said he was pleased with the sentence.

"I wanted justice for this one so I'm pretty happy he pleaded guilty," Mr Karthik said outside court.

"It's not about money, the thing is taxi drivers are not safe in Rockhampton, we are an easy target.

"People will lose hope in driving taxis and they will seek help for money.

"He can't take the law into his own hands and ask for money."

Horsfall served 104 days pre-sentence custody for two breach of bail offences.



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