Peter Williamson, a retired doctor who beat his taxi driver with a walking stick for fear he’d be late for the opera, walked out of court in London a free man yesterday.
The magistrate slapped him with a £200 compensation order and £165 costs.
Dr Williamson, 71, said he had acted in self-defence. His counsel said he was being treated for cancer.
The cab driver needed stitches.
The opera was Puccini’s Fanciulla del West at Holland Park.
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