Company director who attacked Uber driver after night out at Raffles cries

first_imgMr Hussein, pictured, refused to take Croucher home after he became angry Credit:Central News Croucher insisted he only slapped the driver but the magistrates found he had kicked him in the head.Ms Blandford told Croucher: “The CCTV evidence was compelling. We saw the slap, and the security guards saying call the police.“We saw the urgency in which they ran over shouting no need to kick him in the head.“Your behaviour was unacceptable, we find that you did kick Mr Hussein a number of times while he was on the floor, and one of those kicks was to the head.”She added: “This is a very serious offence, only a custodial sentence can be justified.”Croucher, from Hornsey, north London, admitted assault by beating but denied kicking Mr Hussein.The businessman was jailed for 20 weeks, ordered to pay £620 costs, a £115 victim surcharge and £500 in compensation.A spokesperson for Raffles said: “Mr Croucher was refused entry to the club on the evening in question; Mr Croucher is not a member of the club, nor was he being accompanied by a member.”Furthermore Mr Croucher was heavily intoxicated when he approached the club and became aggressive and abusive towards our staff upon refusal. The club takes the upholding of the key licensing objectives very seriously and would like to praise the members of our security staff involved for their swift and decisive action.”Their actions prevented what could have amounted to a far more serious injury to a member of the public just trying to do his job and to Mr Croucher’s arrest and subsequent conviction.”Technology also played a key role as the body cameras worn and operated by our security staff incorporate audio recording, which coupled with our CCTV provided the club with necessary means to assist the police in full and to a satisfactory end.” But Ms Blandford found his behaviour was “unacceptable” and sentenced him to 20 weeks, adding: “You’ll just have to get used to his life being different.”The court heard Croucher, who is the director of a management consultancy, had been to Raffles with his partner, Briggitte Kudor.He attacked Mr Hussein when he refused to drive the couple home over concerns Croucher was angry. Speaking in court, the driver said: “I refused because I got scared because the gentlemen suddenly got angry, something happened between them and he harshly slammed the door.“I got out to open the door and then the gentlemen took the keys from through the window. He slapped me. I was begging for my keys and he suddenly pushed me on the pavement.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. This will destroy my life… my company would dieRobert Crouchercenter_img Mr Hussein refused to take Croucher home after he became angry  Croucher then attacked Mr Hussein, kicking his body and head. The driver later had to go to hospital and was prescribed antibiotics for the pain.Magistrates were shown footage of the incident recorded by a member of staff at Raffles, where Croucher is seen slapping Mr Hussein, insulting members of staff and then throwing the driver’s keys down the street.Kristoff Kwiecien, one of the doormen who restrained Croucher, told magistrates he had held the company director down as the kicking was “too much”.He said: “Mr Croucher put him on the floor and kicked him in the head. It was three to five times.The first kick was loud, like a clap.”Mr Kwiecien told magistrates Croucher had a conversation with the doormen before the incident and had threatened to have them fired.“He was very rude,” he said. “He said he had built four flats in Mayfair, and I could lose my job tomorrow.” A company director who attacked an Uber driver following a night out at a private members club cried as he was jailed and told: “Get used to life being different.”Robert Croucher kicked driver Mohammad Hussein’s head as he lay on the floor after he refused to take the 35-year-old home following a night at Raffles, in Chelsea, west London.During a hearing at Hammersmith Magistrates Court, Croucher begged magistrate Sandra Blandford to spare him a jail sentence, claiming: “This will destroy my life, I am the director of a company and everyone would lose their jobs. We have 1,000 clients, we have staff all around the country, and it would die.”last_img read more