Teen sentenced for slashing a taxi driver during robber

A teenager who slashed a taxi driver across the throat during a robbery has been sentenced.

Luke Daniel Sheldon (06/12/1994, pictured left), of no fixed address admitted Section 18 Assault (wounding with intent), robbery and possessing a bladed article.

The charges relate to a robbery on a taxi driver on 14 November 2011 and assault on another taxi driver on 15 November 2011.

He was sentenced to four years for robbery for the incident on 14 November and six years eight months for robbery and five years for wounding for the incident on 15 November.

The sentences will run concurrently.

Stephen David Hastie (02/06/1987, pictured right), of Millbeck Road, Middleton, admitted robbery and possession of a bladed article in relation to the robbery on a taxi driver on 14 November 2011.

He was sentenced to five years in prison.

In the early hours of Monday 14 November 2011, a 35-year-old taxi driver collected Sheldon and Hastie from Greengate, Middleton and asked to be taken to Whittaker Street.

On arrival both defendants threatened the driver with a knife and demanded cash.

He handed over his takings and ran off.

The pair drove off in the car, which was crashed into two parked vehicles nearby. They then got out and walked off.

At about 9.30pm on Tuesday 15 November 2011, a 39-year-old taxi driver was outside the Harbord Harbord (Wetherspoon) pub, where Sheldon asked to be taken to the Stakehill Industrial Estate.

Once there Sheldon slit the man’s throat. He then drove off in his car, a black Vauxhall Vectra, which then crashed with a parked car at the junction of Kingsley Road and Stanycliffe Lane.

The driver was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries.

Detective Constable Laura Stubbs, of Rochdale CID, said: "Both defendants carried out a knife point robbery on an innocent taxi driver who was out trying to earn a living.

“Sheldon then followed this up with a violent robbery on another taxi driver the following day.

“He suffered appalling injuries and was extremely fortunate not to have been more seriously injured or killed.

“Both are clearly comfortable carrying weapons and threatening innocent people in order to steal what amounts to relatively small amounts of cash and it is only right they have both been imprisoned.

“We work closely with private hire companies to prevent incidents such as this from happening, but when they do occur they are thoroughly investigated and we will do everything we can to identify offenders and bring them to justice.”

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