A taxi driver who stole £300 from a drunk passenger has been spared jail.
The Daily Post reports that Muhamad Abdul Robb, 43, from Newtown, a convicted blackmailer, had denied two charges of theft but a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court found him guilty.
The court heard Robb had picked up the intoxicated 26-year-old man in Newtown last September. During the journey he had stopped at a cash machine in the town and used the man’s bank card to steal £300.
Prosecutor Sion ap Mihangel said the bank - Santander - had repaid the man the money.
Judge Huw Rees told him: “The courts are often asked to protect taxi drivers who sometimes have to put up with drunk or violent passengers. There’s an irony in this case, you had a responsibility for that young man and you abused that.
“I have thought long and hard about how to deal with this case and you could have gone to prison today.”
Robb was convicted of blackmail in 2003 in Carlisle and received a suspended sentence.
Suspending the sentence the judge warned Robb: “If you offend again or fail to carry out the unpaid work, you will be brought back to court and you can expect to go to prison.”
Judge Rees handed him a 26-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work and told to repay the money to the Santander Bank.