Management consultant and film producer Robert Croucher of Hawthorn Road, Crouch End has been jailed for 20 weeks for kicking an Uber driver outside exclusive private members’ club Raffles in Chelsea.
In sentencing, magistrate Sandra Blandford told him, “You kicked Mr Mohammad Hussein a number of times while he was on the floor, and one of those kicks was to the head.”
Mr Croucher, who is Managing Director of business consultants Hatton & Berkeley and Executive Producer of Them & Us Films, told the court, “This will destroy my life, I am the director of a company, and everyone would lose their jobs.”
Croucher, 35, attacked Mr Hussein when he refused to drive he and his partner home.
The driver said, “A lady got into the cab, a man threw his bag in. I refused because I got scared because the gentlemen suddenly got angry, something happened between them and he harshly slammed the door. I got out to open the door, and then the gentlemen took the keys from through the window. He then slapped me. I was begging for my keys and he suddenly pushed me on the pavement. He kicked me in several parts of my body and head. I went to hospital where I stayed for four hours.”
Magistrates were shown footage of the incident recorded by a member of staff at Raffles. Croucher admitted assault by beating, but denied kicking Mr Hussain.