A high-flying existent property executive accused of stealing a taxi while drunk will declare successful tribunal he was assaulted and pursued by a cab driver done Sydney’s CBD.
Brett Henson, 42, fronted Downing Centre Local Court connected Wednesday charged pinch a scope of driving offences, including stealing a centrifugal conveyance and vulnerable driving.
A salient fig successful nan existent property market, Mr Henson was arrested precocious past twelvemonth aft photos of nan incident were circulated by NSW Police successful pursuit of nan alleged culprit.
Police allege Mr Henson stole nan metallic taxi from Hunter St successful Sydney’s CBD while intoxicated aft threatening nan driver soon earlier 9pm connected November 4, 2022.
Officers further allege that nan Bronte resident drove dangerously earlier nan conveyance later allegedly dumped respective kilometres distant successful Woolhara pinch “significant damage”.
Lawyer Paul McGirr told nan tribunal connected Wednesday that Mr Henson had allegedly been assaulted by “another party” who was believed to beryllium portion of a group of cab drivers.
“He (Mr Henson) was knocked astir and injured, which constabulary were made alert of,” Mr McGirr said.
“My customer takes nan peculiar cab and drives it, and appears to beryllium followed by different taxi driver.
“He leaves nan segment and goes astir nan conservatorium, and ends up connected nan Eastern Distributor Freeway.
“Importantly, he believed he was being followed (...) my customer was nether duress astatine nan time.”
Mr McGirr revealed Mr Henson was allegedly told by 1 personnel of nan group they were a constabulary officer.
He told nan tribunal that relationship could explicate why Mr Henson did not telephone triple-0 aft nan alleged attack.
Mr McGirr told nan tribunal Mr Henson admitted to taking nan taxi and to having been nether nan power astatine nan time, but had been “under duress” pursuing nan alleged assault.
The tribunal was told a number of witnesses would beryllium called to springiness grounds connected Wednesday, including a constabulary serviceman and nan taxi driver who allegedly followed Mr Hesnon.
That driver will look successful tribunal via AVL from Pakistan pursuing a family tragedy, on pinch nan driver of nan taxi Mr Henson allegedly took according to nan constabulary prosecutor, Mr Phillipson.
Mr Henson was reportedly a Senior Capital Transactions Manager for spot processing elephantine Mirvac astatine nan clip of nan alleged offence, and owns a $3.3 cardinal location successful Bronte.
More to come.