NEIL DIAMOND CURSE:TAXI DRIVER KEN COLLINS PUNCHED BY PASSENGER MATTHEW ROTHWELL AFTER REFUSING TO SING ‘SWEET CAROLINE’ , WIFE LEFT HIM FOR NEIL DIAMOND IMPERSONATOR 40 YEARS AGO

Traumatised: Cabbie Ken Collins, 77, was left bleeding. lost two teeth and traumatised after he was punched in the face by drunk Matthew Rothwell after he refused to sing with him

Taxi driver punched in the face after refusing to sing Sweet Caroline with a passenger because his wife had left him for a Neil Diamond impersonator

  • Grandfather Ken Collins lost two teeth, was left traumatised after the attack
  • Has been unable to listen to Neil Diamond since his wife left him 40 years ago
  • Matthew Rothwell, 52, was handed a 12-month supervised community order and 200 hours unpaid work

By Ian Leonard  PUBLISHED: 13 July 2013

Ken Collins, 77, was left bleeding after being punched in the face by Matthew Rothwell when he refused to join him in an impromptu duet.

Ken said the attack had left him ‘in tears’ and he’d lost two of his teeth and some of his dentures.

 
Traumatised: Cabbie Ken Collins, 77, was left bleeding. lost two teeth and traumatised after he was punched in the face by drunk Matthew Rothwell after he refused to sing with himTraumatised: Cabbie Ken Collins, 77, was left bleeding. lost two teeth and traumatised after he was punched in the face by drunk Matthew Rothwell after he refused to sing with him

Rothwell, 52, a former glazing businessman, grew angry in the cab when Ken refused to sing along with him, calling him ‘a miserable b******’.

 Great-grandfather Ken, from Bolton, said: ‘I was going to reverse and he came up to the driver’s side and punched me through the window.

‘I was laid over the seat, in shock, and felt my teeth out. There was blood everywhere.’

Ken, who’s been unable to listen to Neil Diamond since his wife left him 40 years ago, added: ‘I couldn’t sleep after it. I was in tears, there was just so much emotion.’

 
Ken, whose been unable to listen to Neil Diamond since his wife left him 40 years ago, added: 'I couldn't sleep after it. I was in tears, there was just so much emotion.'Matthew Rothwell, 52, right, was sentenced to a 12-month community order with supervision and 200 hours of unpaid work
 
 Ken, left, has been unable to listen to Neil Diamond since his wife left him 40 years ago. Matthew Rothwell, 52, right, was sentenced to a 12-month community order with supervision and 200 hours of unpaid work the attack

The day after the attack the veteran driver travelled to Thailand on holiday but was forced to come home early due to the injury and he still suffers from pain.

The attack happened in Failsworth, Oldham, on February 25 after Ken had picked up Rothwell from The Mitre pub in the town.

Rothwell, of Failsworth, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and was handed a 12-month community order with supervision and 200 hours of unpaid work at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court.

He was also ordered to pay Ken £500 compensation.

Ken called the sentence ‘disgraceful’.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2362536/Taxi-driver-punched-face-refusing-sing-Sweet-Caroline-passenger-wife-left-Neil-Diamond-impersonator.html#ixzz2Yv3C2RJ3
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