A teenager who stabbed a PHV driver in the neck with a potato peeler over a £3 fare has been given an extended sentence after being judged a serious danger to the public.
A court heard the victim was millimetres away from suffering fatal injuries from the blow inflicted by Jordan Scholey who was aged 17 at the time of the attack on January 10 this year.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the teenager was among a group who called the PHV with the intention of robbing the driver of his vehicle and selling it for £2,000.
Robert Galley, prosecuting, said Scholey ordered the vehicle at 5pm and was picked up by the driver in Armley. The driver then picked up two of his friends before he was directed to an area near to some shops where they planned to carry out the robbery.
However, the group decided not to rob the driver as the area was covered by CCTV cameras. He told the passengers that he wanted £3 for the journey but one of them claimed to have lost his wallet.
Scholey carried out the attack as the driver rang through to the firm’s base.
Mr Galley said the teenager punched the driver in the face. The driver then saw Scholey take out a potato peeler and he stabbed the victim in the neck.
He feared he was going to die in the attack. The driver reached over and tried to shut the rear door but Scholey ran at him and said he would kill him.
The victim drove off and managed to get to his taxi office where colleagues called police and an ambulance. He was bleeding heavily from a two-inch deep wound to his neck and underwent an operation at Leeds General Infirmary.
Scholey was arrested after he was heard bragging about carrying out the attack on a bus shortly after the incident.
In a victim statement to the court, the driver described how he was in pain and was off work for five months after the attack. He has also suffered from nightmares and anxiety as a result of his ordeal. The driver said he had also suffered financially.
Scholey, from Leeds, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.
Judge Christopher Batty imposed an extended sentence of eight years and five months after telling Scholey he considered him to pose a serious danger to the public. Scholey must serve a custodial period of four years and five months, followed by a four-year licence period.
Judge Batty said: "Even if the plan was to take his motor, he wasn't given a chance to do anything. He was gratuitously stabbed by you in the most vulnerable part of his body that presented itself to you.
"Fortunately he suffered a two-inch deep stab wound but nothing more serious. If you had stabbed him slightly one way or another, the consequences could have been catastrophic, including death.
"This was an unnecessary and gratuitous use of a weapon upon this taxi driver."