A TAXI driver has walked free from court after blaming the stress of being robbed at gunpoint for attacking a passenger with a wheel brace.
Preston Crown Court heard Khawar Sohail, 33, flipped out and started attacking his three passengers with a metal device for no reason on December 20.
Sohail admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, criminal damage and carrying an offensive weapon after picking up a fare from the Premier Inn hotel in Chorley town centre.
The court heard Sohail, of Eaves Lane, Chorley, collected a businessman and two of his business associates from Germany and was asked to drive them to the Blue Elephant Indian restaurant in Dawbers
In his defence, the court was told a psychiatrist had said Sohail had a heightened sense of awareness on the evening of the attack after suffering a traumatic incident just weeks before.
Sohail was sentenced to 28 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months, a four-month seven-day electronic curfew between the hours of of 8pm and 7am and an 18-month supervision order.
The court also heard Sohail had been stripped of his taxi licence after the assault.