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Drunken man fined after knife threat on cab driver

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 06, 2014

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A DRUNKEN reveller terrified a taxi driver by coming out of his house in Burton armed with a kitchen knife.

Cabbie Abdul Shakoor took David Haslam home from a night out in Derby, but when they arrived Haslam hadn’t got the £20 fare, Stafford Crown Court heard.

Mr Shakoor let the defendant go inside to get the cash, on the proviso of leaving his mobile phone as security.

When Haslam reappeared, he had one hand behind his back - and the taxi driver realised he had a knife, said David Bennett, prosecuting.

The weapon had a blade 10in long and Haslam held it out in front of him.

He told the cabbie “I’m not going to hurt you, just let me in.”

Mr Shakoor, who had already phoned for the police, told him to drop the knife and Haslam did throw it away.

The defendant was in the cab when officers arrived and he was arrested.

When questioned, Haslam said he was drunk and had behaved like an idiot.

He had been out in Derby and consumed a lot of alcohol.

He decided to take the knife out with him in case the cabbie kept hold of his mobile phone. However, he got scared and decided to throw the knife away.

Haslam, 22, of Station Street, Burton , admitted possessing a kitchen knife in a public place and was fined £750, with £300 costs to pay.

Recorder Timothy Raggatt told him: “You know how absurd your behaviour was.

“Taking a knife out of your house, for heaven’s sake, is just nonsense.

“However, you didn’t use it and you didn’t intend to use it.

“Knife crime causes a great deal of public concern, especially in this week when a terrible incident has happened in another part of the country.

“You do a lot of good things and you are a hard-working lad. I am going to take away a lot of your money so you can’t get drunk.”

Darron Whitehead, defending, said: “It was very, very stupid conduct and my client is very, very frightened.”

Mr Shakoor did get his cab fare from Haslam.

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