A Solihull taxi driver has won compensation from two men who assaulted him after an argument about the fare.
Vincent Locke, 22, and Gary Williams, 22, attacked Mr Tariq Khan after one of them mistakenly believed he had short changed them by forty pence.
Both men were convicted of assaulting Mr Khan at Warwick Crown Court, where they were given community sentences and two years supervision.
Each man was ordered to pay £1000 costs and £250 to Mr Khan in criminal injury compensation for the attack.
Prosecutor Eugene Hickey told the court that after a night out in Solihull in February 2010, five friends decided to get a taxi to Chelmsley Wood.
Mr Khan picked up the five at 3.40am and asked for a £20 deposit, which he was given by the group.
As the meter reached the £20 pound mark, Mr Khan asked for a further £10 which he received. The final fare was £25.40, and Mr Khan gave £5 in change, forty pence more than he needed to.
Vincent Locke mistakenly thought he was owed forty pence and demanded it, and threatened to damage Mr Khan’s car should he not pay the forty pence. Two members of the group had already gone into a house, and the third handed a rock to Locke who held it over his head.
Mr Khan at that point emerged from the car fearing that it was about to be damaged, where he was set upon by both Locke and Williams who knocked him to the ground, then punched and kicked him.
Eventually, the two men went into the house, but attacked him again when he tried to call the police.
Mr Khan suffered cuts, bruises, and fractures to his face.