A fisherman had a narrow escape from prison after assaulting a taxi driver.
Owen Wright punched Mark Laverick in the face and grabbed him round the throat when the driver asked for the taxi fare to be paid up front.
During the attack, Wright told him: “I’ve have been to prison before. I don’t care if you call the police.”
The 32-year-old, of Walpole Road, North Lynn, appeared before Lynn magistrates on Friday and admitted the assault on February 22.
Giles Beaumont, prosecuting, said the victim knew Wright through family and because he had failed to pay a taxi fare before.
The court heard Wright, who works at Lynn’s Fisher Fleet, was jailed for 26 weeks in January 2012 for a racially-aggravated assault.
Neil Meacham, representing Wright, said he had a “combustible” personality made worse by alcohol.
“He is very sorry for what happened,” he said.
Magistrates told Wright he could have received a custodial sentence because of his “propensity to aggression” and history of breaching court orders. But he got an 18-month community order instead as they believed he would benefit from a probation programme.
He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation.