Scott Taylor is facing a lengthy jail term after he admitted targeting two cabbies – arming himself with a phony weapon and demanding cash after being picked up by the drivers.
n the first robbery he managed to make off with £30 – but was foiled in the second when his female victim told him to “f*** off”.
Fiscal depute Saima Rasheed told Dundee Sheriff Court that when he was caught Taylor told police he he shaped tin foil round a remote control to make it look like a knife.
She added: “He said it was never his intention to harm anyone.”
In the first incident, Taylor was picked up at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and asked to be taken to a city centre pub.
But just after leaving the hospital Taylor had driver David McManus pull over while he went to get money and a key.
Moments later he re-entered the cab and pulled what appears to be a knife from his holdall and held it to Mr McManus’ stomach, demanding cash.
As he made off with £30, Taylor said: “That’ll do. I’m sorry, I’ve just been sanctioned, I’ve not eaten for three days.”Two days later Taylor targeted Lynne Cowan after calling for a taxi to pick him up at an address in Dundee’s Dee Gardens under a fake name.
Taylor got in the taxi and said he wanted to go to the Fintry area of the city.
He then pulled out his remote control knife and demanded money – but because he was the first fare of her shift Miss Cowan said she didn’t have any.
When he again made his demand she shouted “f*** off” and he ran away
Taylor, 33, a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment to robbing David McManus on May 31 and attempting to rob Lynne Cowan on June 2 in the Charleston area of Dundee
Defence solicitor Lesley Beats said: “Reports will be required in this case and there is no motion for bail.”
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence until September 20 for social work background reports and remanded Taylor in custody meantime.