Men jailed after subjecting taxi driver to robbery ordeal
A taxi driver was left afraid to go back to work after he was attacked and robbed by two men and a teenage girl in Woodhouse Park, Wythenshawe.
Samuel Burrows, aged 21, of no fixed address was jailed for three years and six months and Calvin Macdonald aged 20 of Stoneacre Road, Wythenshawe was jailed for two years, both for robbery.
The 16-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, received a 12-month referral order and was ordered to pay £250 in compensation for robbery and assaulting a police officer.
The driver was punched and kicked and attacked with a bottle. Detective Constable Mark Ledger of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “This has been really difficult for the victim in this case who was subject to such a harrowing attack that he may never emotionally recover.
“He was forced to lose earnings as he was too scared to return to work, affecting his whole family.”
The court heard how the taxi driver was sent to Lullington Close, Wythenshawe, on December 4 2016 to pick up a fare but when he arrived in his silver Skoda Octavia, he was met by Burrows, Macdonald and the 16-year-old who falsely claimed the fare as their own.
Macdonald told the driver to take his friends home but then grabbed the keys from the ignition and began to wave them around, taunting the driver.
When Burrows asked the driver for his mobile phone and money, he tried to get out of the car but Macdonald pressed the key fob, activating the central locking and trapping the driver inside.
Burrows continued to make demands for the phone, cash and valuables before the driver managed to escape by climbing out of the window. Burrows quickly made his way to the other side of the car and punched the driver in the face and kicked his body and legs.
Macdonald got into the car and tried to start the ignition but was stopped by the driver who managed to reach in, take back the keys and run towards Portway, shouting for help.
He was pursued by Macdonald who hit him with a bottle and a struggled ensued before the driver managed to grab his collar and attempt to take him to the taxi office, a short distance away.
The 16-year-old intervened; pushing the taxi driver to the floor before the pair jointly kicked and punched him to the head with one of them screaming ‘Give me the key!’
Officers arrived on the scene and the 16-year-old fled before being traced shortly after. She then kicked one of the officers in the face as she was told to calm down.
Meanwhile, Macdonald got into the taxi and tried to drive off but immediately collided with a bollard. He got out of the car and ran towards Eric Bullows Close before garden hopping along the rear of some houses and away from the scene.
Witnesses identified both Burrows and Macdonald as well as forensic testing proving blood found on the driver’s door handle of the Skoda belonged to Burrows.
Det Con Ledger added: “A person should be able to go to work and carry out their daily lives without living in fear but sadly, these three have taken the victim’s right to feel safe away and will never truly understand the psychological impact their actions have had.”