A young man wearing a Santa Claus hat assaulted a taxi driver at Airlie Beach at the weekend. Note: This photo is for illustrative purposes only.
A young man wearing a Santa Claus hat assaulted a taxi driver at Airlie Beach at the weekend. Note: This photo is for illustrative purposes only. Sarah Fleming

Man in Santa hat punches taxi driver at Airlie Beach

A MAN wearing a Santa Claus hat punched a taxi driver in the face and stole his phone at Airlie Beach over the weekend.

About 10.05pm Saturday, a Whitsunday taxi driven by the victim stopped at a location on Golden Orchid Drive, Airlie Beach.

Shortly after arrival, a man has approached the taxi driver and was allegedly abusive about the refusal of taxis to transport an intoxicated person nearby.

The accused has then entered the vehicle, punched the taxi driver in the face, and then stolen a Samsung Galaxy 6 smartphone (in a blue silicon case) before running away.

It comes after a taxi driver was assaulted in the Mackay CBD on Friday night, with a Marian man charged over the attack.

Whitsunday Police were contacted after the Airlie incident and attended the scene, where witnesses have provided a description of the offender.

The offender was male, caucasian, 176cm tall, slim build, in his 20s, wearing a white t-shirt, dark coloured shorts and also wearing a Santa Claus hat.

Did you witness this incident? Can you assist investigating police? If so, we urge you to contact the Whitsunday Police station on 4948 8888 or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.


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