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Taxi driver jailed for six months

PUBLISHED: 11:14 18 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK taxi firm owner has today been jailed for six months.

Peter Baker, 45, of Windmill Hill, Capel St Mary, denied hitting Anthony Dixon causing him actual bodily harm but was found guilty by an Ipswich Crown Court jury.

A SUFFOLK taxi firm owner has today been jailed for six months.

Peter Baker, 45, of Windmill Hill, Capel St Mary, denied hitting Anthony Dixon causing him actual bodily harm but was found guilty by an Ipswich Crown Court jury.

The court heard that Baker punched Mr Dixon in the face following an argument about parking in a lay by in Windmill Hill. Mr Dixon's cheekbone was fractured in two places.

Baker said he was not in the area at the time of the incident and called witnesses during the trial to support his alibi.

Judge Peter Thompson heard that a prison sentence would cause Mr Baker's taxi company to collapse and this in turn would punish his partner and four children rather than Baker.

Judge Thompson sent Baker to prison for six months but made no order for compensation to Mr Dixon.

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