Cab row leads to drunken attack

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A ROW over a late-night taxi from Doncaster town centre led a brother and sister to beat up a female passenger, a court heard.

Rhys Nelson, aged 21, of Tickhill Road, Balby, received a suspended jail sentence of 26 weeks and his sister, Chloe Nelson, 23, of Baines Avenue, Edlington, was given a community order when they appeared before Doncaster Crown Court.

They both pleaded guilty to assaulting Amanda Highfield, causing her actual bodily harm.

Rhys had been drinking in the town centre when he received an emergency call from his sister and was able to share a taxi to Edlington with Miss Highfield and her boyfriend.

But when they arrived he jumped out without paying his share of the fare and Miss Highfield went to the door of Chloe’s house to remonstrate with him.

Rhys reacted by punching her twice, forcing her to the ground, where he and Chloe both kicked her in the head, said Mark Kendall, prosecuting.

She was taken to hospital with facial injuries, including a cut eye and needed an operation under anaesthetic to reset her broken nose.

Kath Goddard, counsel for the brother, said there was no permanent injury to the complainant and there was no premeditation to the attack.

She said: “His judgement was impaired by alcohol and the only thing that mattered to him was to get to his sister.

“He accepts everything he has been accused of but his concern was for his sister.

“He bitterly regrets his actions. He is not a young man who goes out seeking trouble.”

Richard Haigh, defending Chloe, said she was pregnant with her second child.

Rhys Nelson was also told to do 180 hours of unpaid work and pay Miss Highfield £750 compensation. His sister received 80 hours. Both were placed on curfew for three months.