A thug beat a taxi driver within an inch of his life

Dashcam footage shows the moment a thug stopped a taxi to subject the driver to a savage beating that would leave him fighting for his life.

Video shows the accused, Callum McDermott, staggering in the middle of the road in Saffron Lane, Leicester at 6.40am on August 23 when he kicked a taxi.

The 45-year-old driver approached him holding a fire extinguisher amid the horns of impatient commuters.

McDermott then attacked the driver, a married father of three, raining down 18 punches, kicks and stamps.

He then walked away as the smaller man lay unconscious on the ground, but returned and stomped or kicked him six more times with “full force”.

Callum McDermott attacked a driver who confronted him for stopping traffic

Police were called to the scene after the incident, but McDermott said he didn’t know why they were there.

But he attacked three officers, breaking one officer’s nose in four places and injuring his eye.

Leicester Crown Court heard McDermott was then doused with incapacitant and taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary where he made racist comments to staff trying to treat him.

It was unclear whether the taxi driver would survive the attack for two weeks as his distraught wife waited by his bedside.

Callum McDermott
McDermott, from Leicester, punched his victim in the head and kicked him repeatedly

It is believed that ‘her husband’s thinking skills may be permanently damaged’ and he has also lost his balance and has difficulty walking at times.

The victim, who was once described as a ‘calm man’, is now getting angry and frustrated and has repeatedly said it would have been better if he had died from his injuries.

Judge Timothy Spencer QC told McDermott, 33: “It’s an appalling, appalling picture and an appalling, appalling story.”

The judge added that the impact on the injured officer, who suffered facial fractures, was significant and caused his son extreme distress. McDermott was first tried, charged with attempted murder, but was found not guilty.

Callum McDermott
McDermott came out in the middle of the road to stop the cars

He pleaded guilty to another count of intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm on the taxi driver. He also admitted causing actual bodily harm to a police officer and assaulting two rescue workers, kicking two officers, as well as racially aggravated threatening behavior at the hospital and at a police station.

McDermott reportedly suffered from a traumatic childhood and suffered from PTSD. In the weeks leading up to the incident, he was repeatedly admitted to the Bradgate psychiatric unit in Leicester, where he caused wanton damage in hostile, manic outbursts, one leading to his arrest. He was released from the unit on August 2.

It is believed he had been “on a bender” with drugs and alcohol with his cousin in Ashby-de-la-Zouch the night before.

Callum McDermott
McDermott was arrested at the scene

His barrister/attorney, Helen Johnson, told the court: “He did not receive the treatment he needed from the Bradgate Unit and was released in a poor state of health. His mental health was very wrong at the time of this incident.

“While he is being held (in pre-trial detention), he is getting the treatment he needs, with long-term psychological intervention and medication. He is now getting the help he has been asking for since he was 13 years old.”

McDermott began arguing with the judge at sentencing and was ordered to leave the dock and wait in the court cells, without hearing in open court how long he should remain in jail.

However, the judge said he recognized the defendant felt remorse for his actions.

Callum McDermott
Accused assaulted police during arrest

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He was imprisoned for 10 years and eight months – two-thirds of which he will serve. He was granted an additional five-year license extension because the judge ruled he was a “dangerous” offender, with substantial risk of future harm to the public.

The judge publicly praised three members of the public, two men and a woman, who ‘bravely’ attempted to respond to the scene and awarded them £300 each from public funds.

McDermott also admitted to owning a dangerously out of control dog, which was believed to be a banned breed, but the animal’s fate will be decided at a later date.

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