Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hooded Robber Jailed for Attack on Taxi Driver

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hooded Robber Jailed for Attack on Taxi Driver

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Byline: Gareth Lightfoot and David Huntley

A HOODED robber who beat up a taxi driver before stealing his takings has been jailed for more than three years.

Ben Davies, 25, repeatedly kicked the cabbie while an accomplice held him and threatened to stab him, a court heard.

The two drinkers were last out of a pub, and got into 55-year-old Ian Derbyshire's taxi on Stockton High Street just after midnight on February 18.

He did his last fare of the night a favour by taking them further than they could afford, only to be attacked in his car.

Davies, pictured, got out, seemingly to relieve himself, when they stopped on Station Road, Billingham.

He walked to the driver's door with his hood up while his associate in the back seat grabbed the driver from behind.

Mr Derbyshire was gripped around the throat and held against the seat until he struggled for breath and thought he would pass out, Teesside Crown Court was told.

Davies opened the door and started kicking him to the ribs, said prosecutor Rachel Masters.

The other man said "give us your money or I'll stab you," then repeatedly punched him in the face.

Mr Derbyshire, from Hardwick, Stockton, estimated he was kicked 12 to 13 times by the men.

He released the strap on his bumbag, which contained PS73, and the raiders fled with it.

The married dad-of-four needed x-rays, and was left with swelling and aching around his right eye, back, shoulders and right side.

He said he was angry and sickened by the terrifying latenight attack. He told The Gazette at the time: "I remember thinking, I'm not going to win this, so I gave them what I had."

Davies, of Cedar Terrace, Port Clarence, Stockton, was identified from CCTV and initially denied involvement, claiming he had been home alone. He later admitted the robbery.

He had 11 crimes on his record, and the courts gave him chances with successive suspended sentences. …

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