A man who savagely attacked a taxi driver with a screwdriver has been jailed after being on the run for two years.
38-year-old Suraj Roman from Rugby, fled the country to Romania after stabbing the taxi driver in the head, leaving him with over ten puncture wounds.
Andrew Scott, Lead Detective Constable, said that two days after committing the attack, which took place in September 2013, Roman fled back to Romania to avoid his imminent arrest.
Roman later attempted to change his appearance and sneak back into the UK in 2015. When arriving back at Luton Airport, he was successfully arrested and this week trialed at court where he received a nine year jail sentence.
The attack occurred when Roman cold-called at the victims house after noticing his taxi parked outside. He asked if it would be possible for the taxi driver to drive him from Coventry to Berryfields Farm - a 19 mile journey.
The taxi driver refused after Roman admitted not having any money to pay for the trip, but eventually changed his mind and agreed to doing the good deed after Roman had spoken to the victims mother in a bid to change her son’s mind.
On arrival at Berryfields Farm, Roman pulled out a screwdriver and began to stab his victim in the head. The taxi driver managed to escape the vehicle but was pounced on by Roman who continued the vicious attack.
Fighting for his life, the tai driver managed to break free and flag down a passing motorist who called the police.
When arrested back in the Uk, Roman denied the offences but was trialed at Northampton Crown Court.
As reported in the Daventry Express, DNA and fingerprint evidence linked Roman to the offence and following a three-day trial, he was found guilty of causing Trevino’s bodily harm.
DC Andrew Scott said “this was a sustained attack, even as the victim was trying to get away, on an innocent man who offered him a free lift just out of his good nature.
“Roman repaid him with a violent outburst that will no doubt live with the victim for the rest of his life”.