Man jailed for robbing taxi driver - Kempston

26/04/2013

A man has today, Friday, 26 April 2013, been jailed for six years after admitting holding a knife to a taxi driver’s throat, robbing him, and threatening to shoot two police officers who came to the aid of the taxi driver.

Jordon James, aged 20, of No Fixed Abode, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court. His co-defendant Jamie Scott, 24, of Chaucer Way, London SW19, will be sentenced on 10 May.

James was described in a court as a most dangerous offender. He will serve six years for kidnap and robbery, three years for possession of a firearm and one year for possession of a knife. The penalties will run concurrently, meaning he will serve six years and will be on licence for five years after his release.

The incident took place on 16 November when the two men called a taxi to pick them up from Hillgrounds Road, Kempston and drive them to Luton.

However, once they got in, the pair made an excuse about not having enough money and directed the driver to Hastings Road so they could pick up some cash from a friend. Once he pulled up, James grabbed the 29-year-old driver from behind and held a knife across his neck.

They took the driver's wallet, money, and phone and threatened to shoot him if he did not take them to Luton. He was forced to stop at the garage at Hitchin Road, Luton and withdraw £300 from his own bank account, all the time with the gun being pointed at him.

Eventually, the driver was so frightened that when he saw two police officers on routine patrol further down Hitchin Road, he jumped from the moving taxi and ran across the road shouting for help.

Scott and James ran away, pursued on foot by the two male officers. One officer chased James and managed to catch him despite having a ten inch kitchen knife hurled towards him as the robber ran off.

Meanwhile Scott, pursued by the other officer, pointed the gun straight at him and threatened to shoot him if he did not stop chasing him. Not to be deterred, the officer pulled out his baton and shouted back. When Scott ran off again, the officer managed to catch him and after arrest found a knife in his pocket. The gun eventually turned out to be an imitation handgun.

Both James and Scott pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to robbery, possession of a knife, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence, and kidnapping the taxi driver.  In addition, Scott pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.