Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cabbie Used Car as a Weapon to Run Down Man

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cabbie Used Car as a Weapon to Run Down Man

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Byline: Peter Dominiczak

A MINI-CAB driver who deliberately ran over a pedestrian while driving a party of solicitors from the Ivy restaurant has been jailed for four years.

Russell Croft, 48, used his S-Type Jaguar as a "lethal weapon" to flatten engineer Michael Wiggs who was with friends crossing a street in Soho.

Croft, who was taking his passengers to the Chinawhite nightclub, left his victim with "catastrophic injuries" including a fractured skull, a punctured lung and broken ribs and legs.

Mr Wiggs, 32, was in hospital for three weeks following the attack on 14 June last year and still has nerve damage in his hands and anxiety attacks.

Croft was found guilty of grievous bodily harm and dangerous driving at Southwark crown court.

Passing sentence, Judge Michael Gledhill QC said: "As Mr Wiggs moved across the front of your vehicle, you put your foot down hard on the accelerator. He must have got caught on the front of your wheel because he fell backwards, hit his head on the road and got a fractured skull. …

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