Suspended sentence for woman after knifepoint robbery on taxi driver

A woman has been handed a suspended prison sentence for her role in a knifepoint robbery on a taxi driver.

Monday, 3rd June 2019, 4:24 pm

Emma Kelly (23) was sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years, at Cambridge Crown Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to robbery.

The court heard how Kelly, and a man who is yet to be identified, borrowed a phone from a member of the public to call a taxi to get a lift from a street in Cambridge in the early hours of November 28, 2017.

The pair got into the taxi and before it pulled away, the man held a knife to the driver’s neck and demanded money.

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When he refused, the man dragged the driver, a 49-year-old man, out of his seat and removed the keys from the ignition.

He searched the victim and stole £30 from his pockets and a further £20 of loose change from inside the car before he and Kelly fled.

Kelly was interviewed in connection with the robbery and a separate, similar robbery.

Later, the victim and a witness, who let Kelly borrow her phone to call the taxi, were shown a photograph and confirmed Kelly was one of those responsible.

DC Tom Taylor said: “Kelly’s behaviour was absolutely appalling, taking part in a knifepoint robbery on a man who was simply trying to make an honest living.

“Thankfully, both the victim and witness were able to identify her and help us put her before the courts.”