Thug who farted in an Uber and cost the driver his job and home is spared jail

A thug who farted in an Uber cost the driver his job and home.

Drunken James Mallett, 35, punched Aleksander Bonchev in the head for asking him to leave the vehicle.

But he was spared jail despite raining blows on the driver until he was knocked out in self-defence.

Recorder Miss Alexia Power said: "Mr Bonchev sustained a broken finger, he was unable to work, lost his job with Uber, lost his accommodation and lost his car. All because he was doing his job that evening."

Mr Monchev has now returned to his native Bulgaria, BristolLive reports.

Mallett, of Kingswood, south Gloucestershire, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Bristol Crown Court heard he farted while being driven to a nightclub in Kingswood on November 30 last year.

David Scutt, prosecuting, said Mr Bonchev received a call to collect Mallett and three other people and take them to Chasers.

Mr Scutt said: "As he was driving the defendant broke wind.

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"Mr Bonchev found that offensive. He asked them to leave the vehicle."

With that 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.

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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."

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Mr Scutt told the court Mallett was abusive to police and claimed the taxi driver assaulted him.

Mr Bonchev made an 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.

It was confirmed he has returned to live in Bulgaria.

Anthony Bignall, for Mallett, conceded: "He behaved in an unattractive manner that night."

Mr Bignall told the court his client cared for a dependent relative, employed four people and was described as a "polite, helpful, well-behaved and courteous" man.

Uber has been contacted for comment.

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