The Southland man who today escaped criminal charges for
a foul-mouthed anti-Islamic rant towards a Pakistan-born taxi
driver has written a formal apology expressing shame for his
Police have decided to give Greg Shuttleworth, a technician
for an Invercargill engineering firm, a formal written
warning for his racist tirade.
The incident, in which he called driver Tariq Humayun an
"Islam p***k" and told him to "f*** off back to where you
come from", was captured on camera around 1am Friday morning.
In the footage, Mr Shuttleworth says he'll pay the $7 fare
when "you tell me that you'll piss off back to the country
where you come from ... You shouldn't be in New Zealand in
the first place ... We don't require your Muslim bulls*** in
Police launched a probe on Monday after mass media coverage,
which prompted an apology to the cab driver and his company.
Now, APNZ can reveal the contents of the letter a shame-faced
Mr Shuttleworth hand-delivered to his victims yesterday.
"I'm writing this apology to you in regards to my terrible
behaviour that happened in one of your taxis... and the
terrible words spoken in regards to Muslims..." he writes in
a letter to Invercargill Taxis.
Taxi company owner Safinah Mohammed says she accepts the
"He didn't have much to say, he just delivered the letters
and he was off," she said.
"The embarrassment has caused him quite a lot of shame, so
from that, I'm quite satisfied. We are forgiving people and
we want to move on."
Mr Shuttleworth was called in to the local police station for
Southland area commander Inspector Lane Todd said police had
looked at the evidence available and interviewed Mr
"After discussions with the victim, police have taken his
views into account in their decision not to prosecute," he
"Police have therefore spoken to the man involved and given
him a formal written warning and no additional action will be
"Police have a zero tolerance to racial abuse and they say
the victim has shown compassion, forgiveness and
There was no answer at Mr Shuttleworth's Otatara home,
He has been told to stay away from his work after his
employer launched its own investigation.
Mr Shuttleworth says he's open to meeting with the Southland
Muslim Association, which has offered to meet him after
Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting which ends soon.
Mrs Mohammed said Mr Humayun, a former Auckland driver, was
glad that police didn't pursue a prosecution.
"It makes me feel a lot better knowing that he's not going to
be charged. He's had enough public shame."
She passed on Mr Shuttleworth's letter to him, along with a
bunch of cards of support.
"I've just left him to deal with things, and when he's ready,
he'll come back to me," she said.
"Last week, he was just somebody walking down the road. And
now, everybody knows him."