A brave Bolton taxi driver was terrifyingly attacked by a knife wielding man who he confronted after seeing him trying to open car doors.
Cabbie Mohammed Ali spotted 59-year-old Terence Naylor from his house window attempting to gain access to various vehicles on 28 May 2018.
The court heard how Ali became suspicious of Naylor's actions so got dressed and went outside to confront him.
Duncan Wilcock, prosecuting, told the judge at Bolton Crown Court that Mr Ali caught up with Naylor, who was with an accomplice, and confronted them on their actions.
Naylor’s accomplice denied to Ali that they had been touching any vehicles, but Naylor lost his cool and pulled a kitchen knife from his right sleeve.
Naylor, brandishing the weapon, rushed towards Mr Ali and lunged at him. Mr Ali was able to back away enough to avoid any injuries.
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The court heard how Naylor made racial remarks towards Ali before walking away. Mr Ali followed the men to a flat in a nearby court. Naylor once again lunged at Mr Ali with the knife before the police arrived and arrested him.
In a victim statement read out in court, Mr Ali said: “This incident has really upset me. “To give me racist abuse is completely uncalled for and to then pull a knife on me has left me scared.” As reported in This is Lancashire, Naylor, of Bradshaw, pleaded guilty to making threats with a knife and racially aggravated threatening behaviour and told Judge Richard Gioserano: “Sorry, I’m getting far too old for this.” Naylor was sentenced to 12 months in prison by Judge Gioserano. He told Naylor that although he had made some efforts to turn his life around and become a better grandfather and stay away from trouble and drugs, because of the nature of the knife attack, a custodial sentence was justified.
He added that the knife confrontation “must have been a very frightening experience” for Mr Ali who now has to live with the frightening memories.
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