Image source: Yorkshire Evening Post
A man has been jailed in the UK after threatening a taxi driver and demanding money when he was asked for the fare.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, 22-year-old Serwan Ali hailed a taxi with another man and when he asked for the fare, he said to the driver “Give me your money”.
After the driver refused to hand it over, Ali said “I’m not asking you again, otherwise I will get physical”. He then allegedly starting waving his arms around at which point the other man advised the taxi driver to just give him the money.
The taxi driver then spotted a policeman parked nearby and was able to drive towards him to get help. Ali was then arrested and taken to a local police station where he called the officer a “white n***”. In police interview, he said that he did not try to rob the taxi driver and said that he was a “f****** liar”. He is said to have instead told the driver that he didn’t have the money to pay the fare.
Ali eventually admitted attempted robbery and racially aggravated public order and possession of Class C drugs. At Court it emerged that he had six previous convictions for 11 offences and was also on two suspended sentences for having an offensive weapon in his possession. The Court was also told that he had come to the UK from Iraq illegally on a lorry when he was 16. The judge told him that he had been given plenty of chances but had not taken any of them. He jailed Ali for 24 months.
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