Navy officer admits jumping on taxi

AN ANGRY boyfriend threw himself onto the bonnet of a taxi after rowing with his girlfriend.Simon Ikin, 38, admitted causing criminal damage to an Ipswich taxi driver's car after an incident on June 29.

AN ANGRY boyfriend threw himself onto the bonnet of a taxi after rowing with his girlfriend.

Simon Ikin, 38, admitted causing criminal damage to an Ipswich taxi driver's car after an incident on June 29.

Sandra Dyer, prosecuting, told South East Suffolk Magistrates Court the Royal Navy petty officer stormed up to a stopped taxi and threw himself onto the bonnet.

The taxi driver was driving down Argyle Street late at night when he saw Ikin, thought he was being hailed, and stopped next to him.


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But Ikin, who lives in Cornwall, walked round to the bonnet of the car, pressed himself against the windscreen and then ran away.

Mrs Dyer said: "I think alcohol played a part in this accident. He had had a row with his girlfriend on the night in question."

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Police were called and the taxi was left with several dents to the bonnet.

Dino Barricella, mitigating, said: "Mr Ikin is remorseful for what he did that night.

"He had no intent whatsoever to cause criminal damage. He was reckless because he was upset, but never had any intent."

Chairwoman of the bench, Maureen Bateman said: "When people get drunk, they do silly things, but this involved a man going about his business at that time of night, and he should be protected."

Mr Ikin was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £55 costs and a £250 compensation.

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