Teen’s terrifying attack on cabbie

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A TEENAGER has been locked up for 16 months for his part in a terrifying night-time attack on a taxi driver.

Ryan Ledingham was drunk and high on M-Cat when he joined in the vicious attack on Saeed Ahmad.

A court was told the 17-year-old punched and threatened the cabbie, threw a beer can at him and hurled bricks at his Toyota Avensis.

He had used a false name to book the taxi and was sitting in the rear of the car as Mr Ahmad drove the trio to Boothtown, Halifax, Bradford Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Alasdair Campbell said the group began behaving badly in the taxi and hurled racist taunts at Mr Ahmad when he asked them to stop.

The men directed the cabbie to Range Lane, which he knew was a no-through road, but they insisted he drive them to the top.

When Mr Ahmad asked for the £6 fare, the front-seat passenger grabbed his arm and demanded cash.

The court heard Ledingham then joined in as the driver contacted his control room to say he was being robbed.

He threw a lager can at the driver’s neck and also punched and threatened him.

The third passenger got out of the taxi and went to the driver’s door demanding that Mr Ahmad get out and leave the key.

He then began hitting the vehicle when Mr Ahmad locked the door.

Ledingham then hit the rear windscreen of the taxi before Mr Ahmad began to turn the vehicle around.

“As he did so he could see all three males arming themselves with bricks and stones waiting for him in the road,” said Mr Campbell.

“In order to get out he had to drive back past them and sure enough they started throwing bricks at the car.”

The front and rear windscreens were both smashed in the attack.

Mr Ahmad was off work for three weeks recovering from his neck injury. He has now left the taxi firm.

Ledingham, of Prescott Street, Halifax, was traced through his DNA on the lager can.

He admitted attempted robbery, criminal damage and breaching an Asbo.

Recorder Amanda Rippon said Ledingham had an unenviable record including convictions for violent offences.