Man sentenced to five years in jail for beating and robbing taxi driver

A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to five years and two months in prison after being found guilty of robbery and assault following a trial at Northampton Crown Court.

Jay Samuel Trew of Daventry, was charged with robbery and assault against a taxi driver and two counts of assault against an emergency worker following the incident last summer.

In the early hours of Monday, 26 August 2019, Trew got a taxi from Northampton town centre to the village of Old. When they arrived at his then address, Trew told the driver he didn’t have the money to pay the fare and he needed to get a credit card from inside his house.

The driver waited for ten minutes before knocking at the front door to ask for the fare. Trew came out of his house and punched him several times to the face, leant into the taxi and stole about £35.

When the police arrived at the house, they found Trew hiding under a mattress in an attempt to evade arrest. During the course of resisting arrest he punched an officer several times to the face before being tasered.

He was taken to Kettering General Hospital following his arrest where he assaulted another police officer by spitting in their face.

Trew pleaded not guilty to all three charges, however following a four day trial at Northampton Crown Court last week, the jury unanimously found him guilty and he was sentenced on Thursday, 12 March.

He was jailed for five years and ordered to pay £50 compensation for the robbery offence. He was also sentenced to two months to run concurrently (at the same time as his other sentences) and two months to run consecutively for the assaults against the emergency workers.

Detective Constable Andrew Scott, who led the investigation, said: “This was a nasty and sustained attack against a taxi driver and police officers who provide a valuable service to the public.

“The sentence passed by the courts today should sent a clear message that attacks of this nature are taken very seriously and will not be tolerated.”

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