Man leaves club, has words, punches taxi driver

A HERVEY Bay taxi driver was admitted to hospital after losing several teeth as a result of a one-punch assault at the weekend.

The attack took place on Charlton Esplanade about 1.30am on Saturday.

The male offender, who is yet to be identified by police, was seen leaving the Viper Nite Club in the early hours of the morning.

A police spokesman said the victim, who was on duty at the time, was standing on the footpath outside FoodWorks when he was approached by the attacker.

"Several unknown words were exchanged before the victim was punched in mouth," he said.

The unknown suspect was then seen getting into a vehicle and leaving the scene.

The latest attack follows three men being charged with armed robbery and wilful damage after they allegedly robbed a taxi driver while armed with a tomahawk at Toogoom in February.

And in July last year, two teenagers viciously assaulted a 64-year-old taxi driver.

One of the offenders was sentenced to community service while the other was handed 30 months of imprisonment but was granted immediate parole.

The sentences handed to the teens were described as "manifestly inadequate" by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie and were being appealed by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Police said investigations into Saturday's attack were ongoing.

Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported one of the offenders was given 13 months of imprisionment with immediate parole.



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