A SERIAL CAB tout who escaped deportation over ten years ago will now be removed from Britain after he was charged with assault and found guilty of attacking a taxi driver.
The Old Bailey heard that Lounes Khalifi (53) spat at black cab Paul Griffin-Ahamed and punched him in the face after the hackney driver photographed him touting for business in the West End.
The jury heard that Khalifi then threatened another taxi driver, Andrew Donovan and claimed that his friends were going to, ‘fu*k you up’.
The serial tout was arrested on charges of assault after the emergency services were called.
The court heard that the 53 year old had also been arrested in 2013, by British Transport Police, for charging “extortionate rates” to passengers for local journeys and for preying on tourists around Camden High Street in North London.
After Khalifi’s conviction, it was revealed that he faced deportation in 2004 after he was arrested for fleecing tourists, but was allowed to stay in the country.
Khalifi had escaped detection, touting outside casinos and nightclubs and his illegal activity only came to light after he was reported by taxi drivers.