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AN OXFORD man has been found not guilty of shouting racist abuse at a taxi driver.

Adam Winch (47) had been accused of two counts of racially aggravated assault and racially aggravated harassment after a night out with a friend on 22 February 2016.

Mr Winch was alleged to hurled a “tirade of abuse” at cab driver Abdul Mobin but a jury of five men and seven women cleared him of all charges after an hour of deliberation at Oxford Crown Court.

The court was told that Winch had been at the Windrush Inn in Witney with a friend after attending a wake.

The two men booked a taxi at 9:30pm to take them to Oxford Hill and Mr Mobin, a private hire driver with 10 years experience, arrived to pick them up.

Through a Bengali interpreter, Mr Mobin told the court:

Mr Winch asked me if I was Muslim and then he started to swear. He asked me how many children I wanted to have. Jokingly I said ten but then he started to swear again at me.

Mr Winch had denied the charges and said the conversation had simply been a, “Heated discussion on religion.”

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