A drunken passenger who farted in an Uber has ended up with an assault conviction. James Mallett let rip as Aleksander Bonchev was driving him to a night club in England. But him breaking wind was the last straw for Bonchev who had suffered abuse from other fares so he kicked Mallett out of his car, Bristol Live reports. Bristol Crown Court heard when Mallett left the car he assaulted Bonchev, who hit him back in self-defence. David Scutt, prosecuting, said Mr Bonchev received a call to collect Mallett and three other people and take them to Chasers.
He told the court: "As he was driving the defendant broke wind. Mr Bonchev found that offensive. He asked them to leave the vehicle."
He said Mallett offered the driver a fight before punching him to the head. The court heard the driver put his arms up and punched Mallett to the face, knocking him to the ground.
Mr Scutt said: "A young lady with Mr Mallett persuaded him to leave. They walked off towards Forest Road and police located him in Forest Road, Fishponds. He was spoken to, he was injured and had a cut to his bottom lip. He was plainly intoxicated."
Mr Scutt told the court Mallett was abusive to police and claimed the taxi driver assaulted him. Bonchev, who struck back in self-defence, suffered a broken finger which left him unable to work so he ended up losing his job and home. He made a victim's impact statement in which he said he had to give up work and could not pay for his car or rent and ended up homeless. The court heard he has since returned to his native Bulgaria.
He was handed a six-month jail term, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to pay Sh70,000 compensation and do 120 hours' unpaid work.