Husband assaulted wife after taxi row

A MAN who lost his temper with a taxi driver ended up assaulting his wife.

Brian Whiteside, of Princess Drive, Grantham, admitted a charge of common assault after grabbing his wife around the face.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said Whiteside, 38, was in a taxi with his wife after a night on the town when he became angry with the taxi driver. Whiteside felt it was unfair that he was expected to pay the full fare after the driver got lost.

Once inside the house, Whiteside and his wife got into an argument which came to a head when she told him to “shut up”. Whiteside reacted by grabbing her around the face.

Mr Pye-Smith said alcohol played a significant role.

He added: “He did take hold of her by the face but she effectively kicked him away and then phoned the police.”

Whiteside co-operated with the police and admitted what had happened.

The court heard that his wife did not support the prosecution but it went ahead anyway as Whiteside had already admitted the offence to the police.

Whiteside was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £85. Magistrates decided that awarding compensation in this case would not be appropriate.