The Court of Second Instance (TSI) has ordered a taxi driver who physically assaulted his female passenger to pay MOP 70,000 in compensation to the victim.
On February 2, 2016, the victim entered a taxi at the Lotus Bridge Checkpoint. The driver argued with the victim about the short distance and low fare. The incident escalated and the taxi driver moved to the back seat and punched her in the face three times.
The Court of First Instance had previously sentenced the driver with a fine of MOP 12,000, in addition to requiring him to pay MOP 25,000 in compensation to the victim.
The victim then filed an appeal to the TSI, requesting compensation of MOP100,000, considering the physical and psychological damage from the incident.
The TSI ruled in favor of the victim, taking these facts into account.
She sustained bruises and wounds for nearly 10 days, while the pain in her left ear lasted for about three weeks. The Court has also considered that, since the victim worked in a public-facing role as a salesperson, her wounds have caused her inconvenience at work, as well as making her anxious and fearful.(Macaunews)