A tradesman has been charged with assault after he was allegedly filmed beating up a helpless taxi driver in a wild road rage attack in the heart of Sydney’s city district.
The alleged attack occurred during peak-hour traffic on Monday afternoon, at about 5.30pm in the middle of Market Street in front of shocked onlookers.
A 36-year-old man was driving the taxi with a female passenger, when he was allegedly punched by the tradesman at a red light.
The taxi driver remained in the car while the man allegedly jumped on his car’s bonnet and smashed the windscreen.
A tradesman has been charged with assaulting a taxi driver after footage of the alleged attack made national headlines
The tradesman, understood to be employed by a Sydney concrete cutting business, allegedly unleashed a barrage of punches on the taxi driver through his window.
Witnesses say the concreter claimed the taxi driver was trying to run him over.
Footage of the violent spat of road rage, obtained by Seven News, was aired on national television hours before the tradesman handed himself in to police.
He was arrested at Mt Druitt Police Station and taken to Riverstone Police Station for further questioning.
He was later charged with assault and malicious damage, before being given bail. He will appear in Mt Druitt Local Court on September 19.
Witnesses of the fight say that the man was accusing the taxi driver of trying to run him over, and was jumping up and down on his bonnet before the footage begins
Footage of the relentless road rage attack allegedly shows the tradesman throwing a staggering 19 punches at the taxi driver.
The taxi driver unsuccessfully attempts to defend himself, getting punched a couple more times after getting out of his car.
Onlookers rush into the scene from every direction to try and pull the attacker off the man, who eventually storms back into his van and drives away from the scene.
Bystanders flocked from every direction to intervene in the fight (pictured), though police say none of them actually called the cops
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