Taxi ride leads to court for Ballarat man 

A BALLARAT man punched two men getting out of a taxi because he thought they had a “bad attitude”, a court has heard.

Christopher Jackson, 25, pleaded guilty at the Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday to recklessly cause injury in relation to the November 23 offence.

The court heard Jackson was heavily intoxicated when he flagged down a taxi in Camp Street just before 11pm.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Clint Prebble said Jackson approached a man getting out of the front passenger seat and punched him to the head and body.

He said the victim fell to the ground and continued to receive punches from Jackson.

The court heard another taxi passenger tried to drag Jackson off his friend, when he was also punched repeatedly and fell onto the ground.

Senior Constable Prebble said Jackson then turned his attention back to the first man, but security staff arrived and were able to restrain him until police arrived.

“A bloke got out the front seat as I was gettiRd attitude,” Senior Constable Prebble read from Jackson’s police interview.

Defence lawyer Dianne Hadden said in that same interview, Jackson also asked how the victims were and showed remorse for his actions.

“He pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and made full admissions to police.”

Magistrate Terry Wilson recorded no conviction against Jackson but fined him $1000.