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JUST DESSERTS


MAN WHO RACIALLY ABUSED BOURNEMOUTH CABBIE JAILED FOR ALMOST THREE YEARS


A man who racially abused a taxi driver before threatening to stab police officers has been jailed for almost three years. According to the Bournemouth Echo, James Anthony Taylor, 36, admitted affray, causing racially aggravated fear or provocation of violence and criminal damage.


Bournemouth Crown Court heard that in October last year, police were called to reports of a taxi alarm activation at the junction of Pembroke Road and


Alumhurst Road in Bournemouth. The cabbie raised the alarm after passenger Taylor grabbed his phone and shouted racially


aggravated abuse at him – before threatening to attack him. At Pembroke Road, Taylor got out of the taxi but refused to give the driver back his mobile phone, instead demanding £40 for its return. But


when the cabbie handed over the money, Taylor continued to walk away with the phone. The victim did manage to take back the phone but the money was not reclaimed. Also, during the incident Taylor pushed the taxi driver causing him to fall to the floor. Afterwards, unarmed officers approached the address Taylor had entered and attempted to detain him – but the defendant said he was holding a knife and would stab them.


THREE YEARS’ JAIL FOR DUNDEE ADDICT WHO ROBBED CABBIE WITH KNIFE AT HIS THROAT


A drug addict placed a knife across a taxi driver’s throat and robbed him days after being released early from prison. According to The Courier, cabbie Alan Waterstone had to fight off Steven Stewart, 39, who was jailed for three years on Tuesday 13 April. Dundee Sheriff Court was told Stewart was released in April last year while he


still had 108 days of his previous sentence to complete. He attacked and robbed Mr Waterstone on May 18. The court was told: “The accused got into the passenger seat and immediately put the knife against the driver’s neck and said ‘gie’s your money’. “Mr Waterstone grabbed the hand holding the knife but Stewart, from Dundee,


continued to apply pressure


with the knife towards his throat and used his other hand to take notes out of the driver’s pocket.” The accused then ran away, but was traced by police a month later carrying a bag containing a lock knife. He admitted assaulting and robbing Mr Waterstone on May 18, possessing a knife and breaching a bail curfew condition on June 15.


12 MONTHS’ JAIL FOR RACIST PASSENGER WHO PUNCHED STOKE CABBIE


‘Vile’ Scott Smallman hurled racial abuse at a taxi driver before punching him in the face. The Stoke Sentinel reports that the 37- year-old had got in the cab outside the Royal Stoke University Hospital and asked to be taken to Stoke - despite having no money. And when the cabbie refused to take him the defendant attacked him. Now Smallman has been jailed for 12 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court. The cabbie had been there to pick up


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another fare when the defendant got in his taxi on May 12. Prosecutor Car- oline Harris said: “The driver went to get the assistance


of security. As they walked to the car the defendant got out. He elbowed and kicked the passenger door. He shouted ‘****’ a few times. He punched the driver to the face striking him to the mouth. The victim was left with a cut


top lip and a large dent to the taxi door.” In his police interview the defendant denied he was racist. Smallman, who has 37 previous convictions for 116 offences, pleaded guilty to charges of racially aggravated common assault and racially aggravated criminal damage. He also admitted possessing a knife in a public place following an unrelated incident. Paul Cliff, mitigating, said the offences were ‘unpleasant and upsetting for the victim’.


MAY 2021


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