TWO men who hijacked a Doncaster taxi and left the driver ‘haunted’ by the terrifying experience have both been locked up.
One of them went on to commit another car-jacking while on bail and received a longer sentence.
Ricky Eddleston, aged 20, of Dr Anderson Avenue, Stainforth, was given a total of four-and-a-half years in a young offenders’ institution after pleading guilty at Doncaster Crown Court to two robberies.
His accomplice in the taxi robbery, Ryan Scott Doyle, also 20, of Larch Avenue, Armthorpe, who pleaded guilty to the charge, received 14 months.
Taxi driver Jamil Mohammed was working for Alpha Cabs when he collected the pair from Princes Street, Doncaster, one night in June 2010 and was asked to take them to Stainforth.
At first they engaged in normal conversation but after 15 minutes of the journey the atmosphere changed and the driver felt something on the back of his neck which he feared was a knife, said Michael Rawlinson, prosecuting.
Eddleston told him to ‘get out or we will kill you’ and Mr Mohammed was left by the roadside as the VW Passat was driven towards Stainforth. It was recovered four days later in Selby minus the taxi radio and the driver’s £300 takings.
CCTV footage from Princes Street helped identify the defendants and they were arrested the following month.
Mr Mohammed told police he thought he was going to die on the night of the robbery and took nearly a month off work. “I have to go and earn a living but the incident still haunts me and gives me great concern.”
While on bail Eddleston attended a party in Poplar Road, Skellow, after which he dragged a 17-year-old girl out of her Vauxhall Corsa and drove off in it, even though other guests knew his identity and he was soon re-arrested, said Mr Rawlinson.
Eddleston’s barrister, James Horne, said he was immature for his age and ‘has a lot of growing up to do.
‘He knows there will be a longer sentence to serve and being away from his family has been tough for him’.
He added: “He regrets what happened and expresses concern for his victims. He knows he has let himself and his family down.”
Doyle was of a low IQ and committed the offence ‘to gain approval and acceptance among his peers and be part of a group’, said Michael Cane-Soothill, defending.