Man jailed after threatening driver with knife and stealing taxi
Wolverhampton man, Ben Platt, has been jailed after threatening a driver with a knife and assaulting him, before stealing his taxi and crashing it into parked cars.
At 11pm on 22 March, 2017, the 26-year-old approached the taxi driver, who had just dropped off passengers in Hilton Street, Wolverhampton, threatened him with a knife and demanded money.
The driver handed over cash to Platt before he was dragged out of his car and punched repeatedly.
Platt, then jumped in the taxi, a Vauxhall Zafira, and drove off at speed in the direction of Wednesfield Road. He didn’t get far and the car was later found by officers around the corner, after having crashed into three stationary cars.
Blood was recovered from the steering wheel of the taxi and Platt was later arrested from his home address.
Platt, of Burton Crescent, Wolverhampton was found guilty of robbery, possession of a bladed article and criminal damage on Monday (25 February) and has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
Detective Constable Joanna Harris from Force CID said, “This was a cowardly incident where an innocent man was beaten and robbed.
“We are pleased Platt will not be free to walk the streets for some time, and this will hopefully provide some comfort to the victim."