Pair locked up for robbing taxi driver

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A TEENAGER locked up for a knifepoint carjacking when he was just 16 is back in custody after robbing a Halifax cabbie.

Matthew Sheils, now 19, carried out his latest attack just six months after being released from a four-year custodial sentence for robbing a lone female driver in March 2008.

Bradford Crown Court heard how taxi driver Maqbool Ahmad had picked up Sheils and Andrew Roberts in the early hours of New Year’s Eve, but was attacked by the pair when he stopped his Skoda Octavia in the Charlestown Road area.

Prosecutor John Topham said the cabbie was grabbed from behind by rear-seat passenger Roberts and told to hand over his money.

Sheils, who was in the front seat, went through Mr Ahmad’s pockets and took about £70 and a mobile phone.

Roberts then threatened to kill the cabbie if he told the police.

The pair demanded the cabbie get out of the car before Sheils drove it away.

A police helicopter and a number of police cars were scrambled and the taxi was eventually boxed in in Gordon Street, Boothtown, later that morning.

Sheils, of Gordon Street, was sentenced to three and a half years in a young offenders’ institution after he was convicted by a jury of involvement in the robbery.

He had earlier admitted aggravated vehicle taking and driving with excess alcohol and was banned from driving for two years.

Sheils must take an extended driving test at the end of his ban.

Roberts, also 19, of Undercliffe Terrace, Pye Nest, Halifax, admitted his part in the robbery and the aggravated vehicle taking offence.

He was sentenced to two years in a young offenders’ institution and banned from driving for two years