Taxi driver assaulted

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Police have charged a man over the assault and attempted robbery of a taxi driver in Sydney’s west this morning.


About 1.25am (Saturday 12 November), the 36-year-old cab driver picked two men up in Hebersham and drove them to Penrith.


When the taxi stopped on Lethbridge Street, one of the passengers got out of the vehicle before the other man allegedly brandished a screwdriver and ordered the driver hand over cash.


The driver was then punched several times to the head and face while he drove to a nearby RSL club to seek help.


When they reached the club, the armed man left the scene and the driver was taken to Nepean Hospital for treatment to facial cuts.


Police from Penrith Local Area Command conducted patrols of the area and arrested a 30-year-old man.


He has been charged with assault with intent to rob while armed with an offensive weapon.


The man has been bail refused to appear at Parramatta Local Court today.


Police have taken a formal statement from the second man but no charges will be laid against him.

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