A cabbie is fighting to clear his name 24 years after he was jailed for refusing a smoker a ride.
Richard Carless, 67, was locked up for seven days in July 1986 after turning down the passenger who wanted to light up in his car because he feared it would aggravate his asthma.
He refused to pay the £120 fine on a point of principle and was put behind bars.
The former taxi driver is now taking the case to the Court of Appeal, saying it ruined his life. (…)
Mr Carless, who suffers from acute bronchitis, tried to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights but it was ruled inadmissible.
However, since the change in the law banning smoking in work vehicles he has been told this week he can have his case heard at the Court of Appeal.