Man jailed after attack and taxi driver robbery

Robin Taylor
Robin Taylor

A man has been locked up for more up than three years after he robbed a taxi driver while already on bail for a street attack.

Robin Taylor, 20, of Grove Park, Ovenden, Halifax, was one of three men involved in an early hours attack on a bare-chested man in Halifax town centre in March.

Four months later, he subjected taxi driver Farman Ali to a late-night robbery which left the cabbie apprehensive about doing his job.

The street violence was captured on a CCTV footage, which was shown to a judge at Bradford Crown Court.

Taylor, together with 31-year-old Peter Hanson, of Market Street, Halifax, and 18-year-old Ben Greenwood, of Claremount, Halifax, all admitted assaulting John Mitchinson during the incident which took place near to Chicago’s nightclub.

During the attack, Greenwood, who was subject to a two-year Anti-Social Behaviour Order, punched Mr Mitchinson in the face, knocking him to the ground.

Then all three men kicked out at him.

Prosecutor Nathan Moxon said the attack on the taxi driver happened in July.

He said Taylor punched the taxi driver in the face as he was about to be dropped off near his home.

During the confrontation Taylor, who was drunk and aggressive, stole cash and a mobile phone from the driver’s vehicle.

Taylor, who admitted the assault and robbery charges, was sentenced to a total of three years and eight months in a young offenders’ institution.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Ali said that he had suffered pain from his injured nose.

He also said that he felt frightened and apprehensive about picking up passengers.

Recorder Peter Babb also locked up Hanson and Greenwood for 26 weeks each for their part in the assault on Mr Mitchinson.

Greenwood was given a concurrent 13 weeks sentence in a young offenders institution for breaching his Anti-Social Behaviour Order.