Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Two Women Locked Up for Robbing Taxi Driver

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Two Women Locked Up for Robbing Taxi Driver

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Byline: Gareth Lightfoot Court Reporter

TWO women who attacked and robbed a taxi driver - threatening to cry rape if he didn't hand over money - are behind bars today.

Claire Davies and Jayne Maughan whispered in the back of the cab as they hatched their plan to steal the driver's takings, a court heard.

They'd asked taxi driver James Stubbs, 44, to take them to Tesco to buy drinks, but the supermarket was shut at 1.40am.

They struck when he took them back to South Terrace, South Bank, where they both lived at the time.

Davies grabbed him around the neck and took his wallet carrying PS100 to PS200 takings, while Maughan rummaged or "mooched" around the car's central console.

Mr Stubbs chased Davies as she emptied the wallet, but Maughan jumped on his back, Teesside Crown Court heard.

The pair pulled him to the ground, tore his T-shirt, scratched his back, blocked his path, threatened him and demanded money. He was told if he didn't hand over money, they'd tell police they had been raped, said prosecutor Jenny Haigh yesterday.

He managed to press the distress button in his taxi after the robbery on August 18 last year.

Grandad-of-three Mr Stubbs, from Grangetown, said at the time he thought he was "a goner".

He since said he was left shocked and in pain, he had to accept what happened as he relied on his job to pay the bills, but doubted he'd work in South Bank again. He was previously attacked in his taxi in 2008. The women were arrested, both carrying cash, after police went to Maughan's home and heard someone say: "****, they're coming." Maughan, 39, denied the robbery.

She was convicted by a jury after a trial last month and still denies the offence.

Davies, 31, admitted the robbery and criminal damage - smashing a window in a separate incident. …

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