NusaBali reports that an Australian Patrick Costle (33) repeatedly struck taxi driver Safrudin with a tire iron on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
The altercation reportedly took place in Jimbaran after Costle refused to pay an agreed cab fare demanded by Safrudin.
Costle reportedly hailed Safrudin’s taxi at 10:00 pm on the date of the incident seeking a ride to Jalan Uluwatu I in Jimbaran. The driver and his passenger allegedly agreed a fixed fee for the trip instead of using the taxi’s fare meter.
According to the driver, Costle refused the agreed fare upon arriving at his destination. An argument ensued in which Costle reportedly shoved Safrudin who took up the cab’s tire iron to strike Costle. Costle reportedly wrested the tire iron from he driver and used it to beat Safrudin.
As a result, Safarudin suffered cuts and abrasions to his forehead, nose and ear.
Safrudin subsequently reported the incident to the police who immediately apprehended Costle.
According to the head of the criminal division of the Kuta police precinct Wahyu Setyo, after a meeting between the two men was held at the police station both peacefully agreed to not pursue the case before the police or the courts.
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