Glasgow taxi driver loses license after hitting and threatening his partner

A taxi driver who threatened his estranged wife and falsely claimed her parents were dead to extort money from him has lost his licence.

In July this year, James Strachan was found guilty of being unlawfully in possession of a knife between December 1, 2019 and September 3, 2020 as well as domestic violence.

Strachan was ordered to complete a supervised community reimbursement order for 12 months and perform 150 hours of unpaid work during that time.

He was placed under a restraining order and ordered to stay home each day between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and given a five-year non-harassment order that restrains him from approaching, contact or communicate with his ex-partner in any way. way.

Mr Strachan was asked to attend Glasgow City Council’s licensing committee this week, as his private hire car driving license was being renewed, to explain himself but did not show up.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland explained that at at least four addresses in Glasgow the claimant engaged in abusive behavior towards his ex-partner, where he repeatedly phoned, texted and asked to rekindle their previous relationship.

He attended several times [at her home] uninvited and refused to abstain. He also went to his family members’ home address and asked for money.

Strachan would then show up on the woman’s street and stare through windows, threaten to harm himself and falsely claim that her parents are dead to persuade her to provide him with money.

He chased her, punched her in the head and threw her to the ground.

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Police Scotland also recounted how, on another occasion, the applicant behaved in an abusive manner likely to cause fear and alarm to a reasonable person when he shouted and made threats at the against a person.

He destroyed other people’s property and twice slashed the tires of a car with a knife.

During the meeting, officers did not say if it was another person, and committee members did not ask about the incidents.

Following police objection, councilors refused to renew Strachan’s license.

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