Victim Les Bowes

A MAN has told how his neck was broken by a taxi driver in a savage attack.

Les Bowes was beaten with a metal bar by the black-cab driver, breaking two bones in his neck and three in his face.

Doctors said he could have been killed or paralysed.

Mr Bowes, 57, said: “I know I have been very lucky. I could have died or been in a wheelchair for the rest of my life.

“The doctors said I was very seriously injured.”

The taxi driver, Pishtiwan Hamed, has admitted unlawfully wounding Mr Bowes and is due to be sentenced next month.

Mr Bowes spent two weeks in hospital, undergoing surgery to fit a 4in screw in his neck to hold his bones in place.

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