Drug addict Sohail Ali, 24, of New Fields Walk, off Otley Road, Barkerend, Bradford, has been jailed for three and a half years after he robbed a Bradford taxi driver at knifepoint.
Sohail Ali demanded: “Give me £20 and I’ll give you £10 back,” because he wanted just enough cash to pay for his next fix.
He threatened Tanveer Mohammed with a kitchen knife after taking his taxi from Norfolk Gardens, near City Hall, in the city centre to Barkerend at 9am on January 8.
Sohail Ali is heard on the vehicle’s recording system saying to driver: “I am not going to hurt you,” after producing the six-inch bladed weapon from his sleeve.
Taxi driver Tanveer Mohammed was able to beckon another taxi driver over and Ali fled when he approached, prosecutor Alisha Kaye told the court.
Sohail Ali pleaded guilty to robbery, was sentenced on a video link to
In October, 2013, he was locked up for four years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
He and two co-accused were sentenced at Bradford Crown Court for peddling heroin and cocaine in the Barkerend area.