Southampton taxi drivers face new investigation after mass brawl in city pub

A CCTV image of the brawl

Gurmit Singh Roath

Jaswant, Shakti

Satnam Singh Roath

Shakti Singh Roath

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Political reporter

THE futures of four Southampton cabbies involved in a mass brawl in a city centre pub today hang in the balance.

As reported by the Daily Echo last week, The men were sentenced for their part in the melee which erupted in the Dorchester Arms in Onslow Road.

Southampton City Council says it is now looking into whether the men’s taxi driving licences should be taken away as a result of the fight.

The fight saw Gurmit Singh Roath, his sons Jaswant Singh and Satnam Singh Roath, and nephew Shakti Singh Roath attack three men after a rowover who was going to buy the next drink escalated into violence.

Southampton Crown Court heard that 50-year-old Gurmit grabbed Mohinder Singh Rathor in the pub’s pool saloon area, and threw him to the ground before aiming a kick at him.

When two other men, Gurmit Singh Pottiwal and his son Gurdev Singh Pottiwal, rushed to Mr Rathor’s aid, it descended into a brawl which other pubgoers attempted to stop.

CCTV footage shows 30-year-old Jaswant, 28-year-old Shakti and 27-year-old Satnam all picking up bar stools as weapons before being restrained.

Hundreds of pounds of damage was caused to windows, while the younger Mr Pottiwal told the court he was knocked unconscious and suffered eye and hand injuries. Mr Rathor suffered chest and knee injuries.

Satnam and Jaswant, both of Bassett Avenue, Southampton, and Shakti of Bitterne Road East, all got nine-month sentences suspended for 18 months having pleaded guilty to affray.

Each was ordered to carry out 100 hours community payback and told to pay their three victims a combined £500 each compensation and pay £600 costs.

Gurmit Singh Roath, diagnosed with cancer in November and severely ill since, will be sentenced at another date.

In the wake of the skirmish, the city council says it is looking into the men’s licences, and will speak to police and the courts.

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