Wealthy Businessman Punches Taxi Driver In Row Near Chiswick

Assaulted after row over the route home from Heathrow


Chiswick Woman Jailed for Part in Raid on Drug Dealers

Local Housing Estate Cop Jailed for Rape

Up And Coming Actor Found Guilty Of Assault On Tabard Pub Manager

Two Men Injured After Fight At Bus Stop In Chiswick

Sign up for our weekly Chiswick newsletter

Comment on this story on the

A row between a wealthy businessman and a taxi driver about whether they were in the wrong lane for the A4 near Chiswick, had a sequel in Ealing Magistrates court this week.

Simon Rubel Lo Gatto, 44, the owner of a leading Italian luxury office furniture company based in St. James’, left Nakalingam Koneswaran with a black eye in the attack, as he returned home from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

ealing court

Ealing Magistrates Court

He received a twelve-month community order, including 80 hours community work and was ordered to pay compensation and court costs.

The court was told that the businessman shouted "I'm a rich man" before punching the mini cab driver in the face in a row over the route home from Heathrow Airport. He also said he was " a mafia man" and that he could do whatever he wanted.

Ealing magistrates court heard that he threatened to hit the driver again if he stopped the car.

He had taken a minicab from Heathrow Airport to his £1.15m apartment in Wimbledon Village on November 30 last year, but changed his mind during the journey and demanded to be taken to Brinkley’s Garden, a restaurant in Hollywood Road, Little Chelsea to meet his girlfriend.

“He was sitting behind me and slapped my left arm,” Sri Lankan-born Mr Koneswaran told the court.
“He said: ‘I’m a rich man, do you know my family? We’re a valuable family.’

“As I turned around he punched my face - the left eye - and I told him to get out, but he said: ‘If you stop I’ll punch you again.’

The taxi driver said tht he had a black eye the next day. This incident had traumatised him.

Lo Gatto is the European MD of Interoffice, and they have a series of rich clients.

He is a member of Ham polo club, a partner and international ambassador for Dubai Fashion TV and Dubai’s five-star Royal Ghantoot Marina and Resort.

The mini-cab driver told the magistrates: “He was treating me like a servant. I’ve never had anyone treating me like that.

When Lo Gatto was arrested at home on December 4, he denied drinking on the flight or being drunk and told the court: “He starts being a little rude and we began to argue loudly. He said both sides had been swearing in the row.

Magistrates sentenced the businessman to a twelve-month community order, including 80 hours of community service. He must also pay Mr Koneswaran £100 compensation, as well as a £60 victim surcharge and £620 court costs.


June 30, 2016


Bookmark and Share