A TEENAGER has appeared in court accused of a knife attack on a taxi driver.
Tanaka Mutambirwa, 19, of Abbey Road in Fartown, was before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.
He faces a charge of unlawful and malicious wounding with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.
The charges relate to an attack on taxi driver Naseer Ahmed in Almondbury on July 11.
This happened on Farfield Road when the 44-year-old attended to pick up a fare.
He was then attacked with a knife following a dispute with a man.
Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said: “The knife was used to slash him across the face.
“Because of the injury he required a number of stitches in his cheek.”
Mr Ahmed was treated in hospital for his facial injuries and later released.
Mutambirwa spoke only to confirm his details and did not enter a plea.
Magistrates were told that the case was so serious that it had to be sent to crown court.
Mike Sisson-Pell, representing Mutambirwa, asked magistrates to release him on strict bail conditions.
These were residence at an address in Aspley and a ban on contacting prosecution witnesses and entering Abbey Road.
The teenager was also ordered to report to Castlegate police station every week.
Magistrates agreed to these conditions but Mr Bozman told them that he was opposing their decision to release Mutambirwa.
He will remain in custody until a crown court judge decides whether to grant the prosecutor’s application.
Mutambirwa is due to appear before Leeds Crown Court on July 24.