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Australia court sentences man who attacked Indian cabbie

world Updated: Jan 15, 2010 13:20 IST

An Australian accused of assaulting an Indian taxi driver in a Victorian city was today swiftly sentenced to three months in jail, hours after he verbally and physically abused the cabbie under a spell of alcohol.

Paul John Brogden, 48, from Ballarat in Western Victoria, who was arrested after he abused and assaulted the Indian
early this morning, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to threatening to kill the victim.

The taxi driver Satheesh Thatipamula, 24, was abused and assaulted and his vehicle damaged by Brogden, who believed the driver had taken him the wrong way.

"When you drop me off I will kill you, you mother f**king Indian, I will kill you, you f**king Indian bastard," he
allegedly told the Indian. The driver, however, did not receive any major injuries.

Brogden's lawyer, Philip Lynch, said he had consumed so much alcohol he could not remember the events of the night."I
actually don't know how he was standing up," Lynch said.

In sentencing the man to an immediate three-month jail term, Magistrate Michelle Hodgson said she must consider
"general deterrence".

"Regardless of race, violence toward people in vulnerable positions, performing valuable services to the community,
valuable jobs like driving taxis or working in 7/11s, violence toward these people will not be tolerated," he said.