31 Jul 2013

Taxi passenger gets written warning over abuse

4:10 pm on 31 July 2013

Police say they have given an Invercargill man a formal written warning following racial comments he made to a taxi driver.

Pakistan-born driver Tariq Humayan released four minutes of footage he took using his mobile phone on Friday morning showing Greg Shuttleworth swearing and telling him that he should go back to where he comes from.

Southland Area Commander Inspector Lane Todd said on Wednesday that police have given Mr Shuttleworth, in his mid-40s, a formal written warning after looking at the evidence available and following an interview. No additional action will be taken.

Mr Todd says the decision was made after discussions with Mr Humayan, with police taking his views into account in their decision not to prosecute.