A teenager who stabbed a PHV driver in the neck with a potato peeler over a £3 fare has been given an extended sentence after being judged a serious danger to the public. A court heard the victim was millimetres away from suffering fatal injuries from the blow inflicted by Jordan Scholey who was aged 17 at the time of the attack on January 10 this year. According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the teenager was among a group who called the PHV with the intention of robbing the driver of his vehicle and selling it for £2,000. Robert Galley, prosecuting, said Scholey ordered the vehicle at 5pm and was picked up by the driver in Armley. The driver then picked up two of his friends before he was directed to an area near to some shops where they planned to carry out the robbery. However, the group decided not to rob the driver as the area was covered by CCTV cameras. He told the passengers that he wanted £3 for the journey but one of them claimed to have lost his wallet. Scholey carried out the attack as the driver

rang through to the firm’s base. Mr Galley said the teenager punched the driver in the face. The driver then saw Scholey take out a potato peeler and he stabbed the victim in the neck. He feared he was going to die in the attack. The driver reached over and tried to shut the rear door but Scholey ran at him and said he would kill him. The victim drove off and managed to get to his taxi office where colleagues called police and an ambulance. He was bleeding heavily from a two-inch deep wound to his neck and underwent an operation at Leeds Gen- eral Infirmary. Scholey was arrested after he was heard bragging about carrying out the attack on a bus shortly after the incident. In a victim statement to the court, the driver described how he was in pain and was off

work for five months after the attack. He has also suffered from nightmares and anxiety as a result of his ordeal. The driver said he had also suffered financially. Scholey, from Leeds, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon. Judge Christopher Batty imposed an extended sentence of eight years and five months after telling Scholey he considered him to pose a serious danger to the public. Scholey must serve a custodial period of four years and five months, followed by a four-year licence period. Judge Batty said: "Even if the plan was to take his motor, he wasn't given a chance to do anything. He was gratuitously stabbed by you in the most vulnerable part of his body that presented itself to you. "Fortunately he suffered a two-inch deep stab wound but nothing more serious. If you had stabbed him slightly one way or anoth- er, the consequences could have been catastrophic, including death. "This was an unnecessary and gratuitous use of a weapon upon this taxi driver."


A drunken Derby man chased down a taxi driver with a 10-inch meat cleaver and 12- inch kitchen knife. According to DerbyshireLive, Marcus Davis waved the blades around in his hands before moving menacingly towards the taxi driver after he stopped the taxi. Davis, 35, had just had a ride in the taxi from Derby train station and became enraged after the driver asked for his fare. The taxi driver was “petrified” and genuinely thought he was going to die, Derby Crown Court heard. The heroic actions of a local man who tackled Davis to the floor when he saw him with the blades prevented the situation escalating. Initially on July 7 2019, a taxi driver had picked up the defendant from Derby Mid- land Railway Station at 5pm. He had been a taxi driver for 19 years and he could see Davis was getting ‘lairy’, and he was con- cerned that there would be trouble. Davis instructed the taxi to drive to Madeley Street in Rose Hill whereupon the cabbie asked for the fare of £5.20 The defendant then asked for a second and


then disappeared into the house. When he came back, he asked again how much it was, saying: “How much is it, big man? How much? How much is it?” Davis said he was going to give the taxi driv- er “four bills”, despite having a £10 note in his hand that he could have paid with. The taxi driver took this to mean he was going to be given £4. Then, Davis got right up to the driver’s face and put his hand on his chest and shoulder. The taxi driver told him to back off, and Davis’ family intervened and tried to get him to calm down and pay the fare. The taxi driver decided the fare wasn’t worth the trouble and went back to his car. At that point, the defendant had gone back into the house but returned with a knife in each hand. He had a 10-inch meat cleaver in one and a 12-inch kitchen knife in the other.” Then Davis started spinning the knives around and approaching the taxi driver. The cabbie tried to get into his car, but had no time, so instead armed himself with a wheel clamp in self-defence from inside his taxi. Davis then chased the driver around the

street, shouting at him and swinging the knives around. Derby Crown Court heard how the driver was “petrified” and in genuine fear for his life. Police arrested Davis the next day and inter- viewed him about the crime. He argued that his actions were self- defence, but he pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening with a bladed article in court. Davis has a number of previous convictions stretching back to 2005, including some for possessing an offensive weapon, criminal damage and attempted theft. The Judge said: “I have been thinking about this case all day since reading it last night. Part of me feels it is my duty to put this man inside. This taxi driver was doing nothing more than his job. It was terrifying for him. “But I bear in mind how you have suffered for a long period of time with mental health difficulties.” Judge Hurst then handed Davis 15 months in prison, suspended for two years. He must also pay £2,000 to the court and complete 150 hours of unpaid work. He said: “I hope that you take this as a lucky day for you.”


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