Six and a half year jail sentence for knife wielding robber who targeted vulnerable taxi drivers

A man who robbed two taxi drivers at knifepoint in Bournemouth has been jailed for six-and-a-half years. Kyrin Lane, aged 29 and of Fairfield Road, Wimborne, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Monday 24 June after admitting two counts of robbery and two charges of threatening another with an offensive weapon.

At around 12.50am on Sunday 9 December 2018, the defendant got into a taxi in Meyrick Road and requested a lift to the area of St Clements Road. When they arrived in Knole Road around ten minutes later, Lane produced a knife and held it to the taxi driver’s throat. He demanded money from the victim, who handed over between £120 and £150, before fleeing from the vehicle. Lane left in the direction of St Clements Road. At around 3am that same morning Lane and another man got into another taxi in Southcote Road, requesting a lift to Southbourne. After travelling a short distance, Lane again produced a knife and told the driver: “Give me the money now or I will kill you.” The driver feared for his life and got out of the vehicle before running to safety. Following enquiries by officers, Lane was arrested at an address in Boscombe on the night of Monday 10 December 2018. In the room where he was detained a mobile phone belonging to the second taxi driver was located. Detective Constable Clare Cassidy, of Bournemouth CID, said: “Kyrin Lane subjected two taxi drivers who were just carrying out their work to terrifying ordeals. “I am pleased that through our investigations we were able to quickly identify Lane as the offender for these robberies and bring him before the court.”
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