An innocent taxi driver was set upon by two dogs during a “terrifying’ street robbery in Accrington town centre.
According to the Lancashire Telegraph, Guy Wallace, 20, had set the large German Shepherd and Staffordshire bull terrier on Sajid Hussain as he walked home in the early hours of May 17, Burnley Crown Court heard.
The victim was left with ‘significant in-juries’ before friends managed to intervene and pull off the dogs, who had been ordered to ‘kill him’, the court was told.
Mr Hussain, who had just finished working a nighttime shift for a local cab firm, was forced to hand over £120 in cash and his mobile phone to Wallace, who also repeatedly kicked the cabbie while the dogs were savaging him.
Wallace, who admitted offences of robbery and having dogs of out control in a public place, is now starting an eight-year prison sentence after a Crown Court recorder condemned the shocking violence.
Jailing him Recorder Peter Atherton said: “The court does not have a victim impact statement from Mr Hussain but this must have been a terrifying incident for him.”
The court heard that Wallace did make a number of racial remarks towards the men who came to Mr Hussain’s aid on the night.
The offence was especially serious as Mr Hussain had been performing a public service, as a taxi driver, shortly before he was set upon.