27 year old Joshua Prett has been jailed for the robbery of a number of cabbies at knifepoint. Prett would use a female accomplice to order a cab from a local office and once arrived to pick up the fare, the driver would be threatened with knives including a samurai sword. Prett, along with his gang, would use the same method to rob a number of unsuspecting victims. Canterbury Crown Court judge, Rupert Lowe told Prett: "It was a cold calculated plan to terrify some other public servant and rob him as well" He ruled that Joshua Prett, posed a serious danger to the public and gave him a 15 year extended jail sentence, the KentOnline reported.
One of the gangs victims was Lee Partovi. He was directed to an address in Peto Close. While waited outside, a masked man (Prett) opened the drivers door holding a knife. Another member of the gang entered the vehicle from the passenger door. A samurai sword was pressed into his ribs as the robbers demanded he hand over his money and his iPhone. Paul Hogben, Mr Pretts defendant, said his client began taking drugs at the age of 12 and was currently using crack cocaine. Prett pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, two charges of having offensive weapons, attempted theft, and two robberies. He is not likely to be released before 2026.