Roy Keane 'flicked V sign' at taxi driver - cabbie tells court 'he was mad and aggressive'
Roy Keane flicked a 'V' sign and shouted aggressively after a taxi driver told him to smile, a court heard.
The ex-Manchester United footballer, 43, had "stared aggressively" at taxi driver Fateh Kerar, 44, who made a "smile" gesture with his hands and drove off, Manchester Magistrates' Court heard.
But the former footballer followed him in his black 4x4 and caught up with the cabbie at a junction near traffic lights in Ashley Road, Altrincham, Cheshire.
Keane, who denies any wrongdoing, is alleged to have given a 'V' sign towards Mr Kerar then got out of his vehicle shouting and waving his arms about before getting back in his car and driving off.
Keane pleaded not guilty to the allegation, said to have happened around 11.15am on January 30 earlier this year.
The defendant, wearing a black suit, white shirt and blue tie, was asked to stand, give his date of birth and address, and entered his not guilty plea to causing harassment, alarm or distress to Mr Kerar - a Section 4A Public Order offence.
Mark Angus, opening the case for the prosecution, said: "Mr Kerar, a taxi driver by profession, picked up a fare, Miss Isman, driving to Hale village where she stopped to get some money.
"Mr Kerar saw Mr Keane in a black 4x4 vehicle.
"He described he had been staring aggressively towards Mr Kerar, at this point Mr Kerar gestured a smile with his hands.
"He drove off and Mr Keane follows behind.
"At a junction the defendant gave a 'V' sign towards Mr Kerar and then gets out of his vehicle, at this point he becomes aggressive, shouting and waving his arms around towards Mr Kerar and his passenger.
"He then gets back in his vehicle and drives away."
Keane sat listening intently, arms folded, sat behind the prosecutor with the courtroom packed with reporters as the case opened.
Mr Kerar, 44, who was allowed to give evidence from behind a screen told the court that he had pulled over at a bank to allow his passenger to get cash.
He said in broken English that he had pulled over on the right hand side before his fare exited to go to the bank.
But as he did so he said he noticed Keane in his car across the road adding that he had recognised him from his days at Manchester United adding: "I love Roy Keane and I love football."
He said: "When I parked my car I looked to the left and it was Roy Keane parked in his car. I looked at him, he looked at me. He kept staring at me in my face.
"He was looking at me very aggressively , saying something in his car. I couldn't hear him. He was looking at me very aggressively. I have never met him before. He was giving me bad looks."
Mr Kerar said that he made a wave gesture to him but that Keane made no response and continued to stare at him for between 10 and 15 seconds.
He said that he set off to Altrincham Station with his fare and Keane followed him "straight away" before "jumping" out of his car.
He told the court that Keane opened his door and was directing his anger at him.
"He jumped from his car and he was swearing aggressive. I could hear from him his Irish accent. He was very mad. He was swearing, mad and he lost his temper. He was very aggressive. He put his finger to me like that (gestured V sign)
"He was of course 'f******' and 'f******'. I'm not going to say what he said. He was swearing, you f****** this you f*** that. I'm not sure exactly what he was saying. I said to him to go back to his car. He was mad and aggressive. He was swearing at me. I can't remember what he was saying."
He added that people were staring and he told Keane, "just get back to your car".
"I heard him say, 'what's wrong with you' in an Irish accent."
"I could see everybody looking at me. I stopped outside the station, I was shaking, I said to the lady, 'look at me I'm shaking'."
He told the court that he then went to Altrincham Police Station.
Belfast Telegraph Digital