Send us news by text, start your message Globe News and your send photos and videos to 80360
Man jailed following taxi theft in Birkenhead
8:51am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
A TAXI passenger who became angry when taken to the wrong address robbed the driver of the car and drove himself to the correct destination, a court has heard.
James Brown then left the Citreon Xsara outside the accommodation where he was living before suspicions were aroused after a few days and he was arrested.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Brown takes medication for epilepsy but had mixed it with alcohol that night.
Jailing Brown, of Calder Drive, Rainhill, for 27 months, Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, said that despite the taxi driver twice apologising for taking him to an address in Birkenhead instead of Wallasey, Brown snatched the key from him and punched him.
He said that it was an "unusual robbery but it is a serious one because of the vulnerable nature of your victim and violence used even thought the injuries were minor."
He said he accepted he had acted spontaneously and was not pre-disposed to violence. He banned him from driving for 12 months.
Brown, 24, had pleaded guilty to robbery of the car key and taking the car without consent.
Simon Duncan, prosecuting, said that in the early hours of New Year's Day this year Brown got a private hire taxi from Fender Way, Prenton, wanting to go to home to Ashville Road, in Wallasey.
When the driver, Riajul Hoque, took him to Ashville Road, in Birkenhead, Brown lost his temper and punched him on the arm and ordered him out of the car.
Brown hurled the sat nav equipment out of the vehicle and after grabbing the key from the driver made off in the vehicle.
Brown was taken to hospital on January 3 and asked the support worker where he was living at to fetch the Citreon key, which aroused suspicions as he knew he did not have a car. Brown was arrested for the offences ten days later.
Michael Woods, defending, said that Brown's epilepsy had been triggered by anxiety and the fact he was homeless and could not get a job.
He had been drinking on the night of the incident and became concerned when he found himself in an area he did not know in case he had a seizure and did not have his medicine.
He did not have any more money and panicked and acted out of character. He has now returned home to his parents and getting his life back on track.