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Man and woman found guilty of GBH on minicab driver

News   •   May 09, 2018 17:16 BST

[Pal and Johnson]

A man and a woman have been convicted of attacking a minicab driver after the woman accused him of stealing her bag.

Ioan Pal, 23, (12.05.94) a Romanian national of Aspen Gardens, Mitcham and Charlotte Johnson, 20, (4.07.97) a UK national of Green Close, Carshalton were both found guilty of Section 20 GBH on Tuesday, 8 May, following a trial at Inner London Crown Court.

On the evening of 10 January 2017, Johnson travelled in an Uber cab from her home address in Carshalton to nearby Middleton Road where she asked the driver to stop so she could go into a shop.

While she was in the shop, the driver - a Somali man who speaks limited English - drove off. He did not realise that Johnson's bag was in the back of the car.

Johnson used an app to trace her phone to the Uber car, which, with the help of friends including Pal, they tracked and followed in another car. Johnson and Pal confronted the driver in Madeira Road, Streatham, where they took the bag from the car and punched the driver at least four times.

The group made off from the scene prior to the arrival of police. The victim was taken by London Ambulance Service to hospital, where he underwent surgery for three fractures to his cheekbone and eye-socket.

Detectives from Lambeth CID were able to identify Johnson as having booked the cab. She was arrested on 1 February 2017. Further enquiries led to Pal, who was interviewed under caution on 12 September 2017 and summonsed to court.

Both will be sentenced at Inner London Crown Court on Friday, 1 June.