American Attacks Sikh Cab Driver, Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison
A man in the US has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for brutally attacking a 53-year-old Indian-origin Sikh taxi driver in Seattle last year. Swarn Singh was assaulted with a deadly weapon by Rory Benson in December 2017, according to Sikhs civil rights group The Sikh Coalition.
Benson, who pleaded guilty to assaulting him, was sentenced to 15 months in prison by a court in Seattle on Friday, 14 December.
Benson, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, attempted to suffocate him with a piece of cloth kept in the taxi to wipe the windshield, the coalition said in a statement.
He suffered a scalp laceration and a skull fracture as a result of the attack and was rushed to hospital. Benson was arrested.
Singh submitted an impact statement to the King County Superior Court, urging his attacker to recognise the damage caused, detailing his injuries and the impact of the assault on the Sikh community.