Robber jailed for attack on Southampton cabbie

Daily Echo: JAILED: Sean Griffiths. JAILED: Sean Griffiths.

A SERIAL offender has begun a six-year prison sentence after beating up a taxi driver in the middle of the night.

It was Sean Griffiths’ fourth conviction for robbery and the second within a year.

Jurors heard how Southampton cabbie Mamood Qazizede had picked up Griffiths, pictured, and a friend in Millbrook at about 4am. The pair said they had no money but offered a mobile phone and a watch as security so he could drive them to their destination where they would pay.

But the cabbie became so concerned he drove them to a short distance to a more public area where the accomplice grabbed him around the neck. Both men then punched him several times before and after G r i f f i t h s reached into a side panel and stole a bag containing about £50 in £1 coins.

Griffiths, 27, of Gatwick Close, Lordshill, was convicted of robbery and causing actual bodily harm, which put him breach of a suspended sentence imposed for another robbery for stealing a bicycle.

Griffiths however admitted one charge of shoplifting when he stole wine and alcohol from a convenience shop in Millbrook, and two counts of obstructing police called to a disturbance at a Southampton pub.

He ran off but after being caught, became aggressive, headbutting one officer and swinging his legs around before he was put into a police van.

Passing sentence, Judge Peter Ralls QC said it was a serious robbery, committed on a vulnerable taxi driver.

The court heard Griffiths had 21 previous convictions for 67 offences.

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12:08pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Zexagon says...

I might do a spot of sunbathing this summer and watch the World Cup with a nice cold beer. Chin up nipper
I might do a spot of sunbathing this summer and watch the World Cup with a nice cold beer. Chin up nipper Zexagon
  • Score: 2

12:21pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Mary80 says...

Clearly he's not learning any lessons if he's had FOUR convictions for the same crime already
Clearly he's not learning any lessons if he's had FOUR convictions for the same crime already Mary80
  • Score: 5

12:21pm Wed 5 Mar 14

bigfella777 says...

And I'm off skiing in 2 weeks in Slovakia, enjoy.
And I'm off skiing in 2 weeks in Slovakia, enjoy. bigfella777
  • Score: 1

1:47pm Wed 5 Mar 14

townieboy says...

Seems this type of scum never learn judging by all the previous. Lethal injection its the only way.
Seems this type of scum never learn judging by all the previous. Lethal injection its the only way. townieboy
  • Score: 3

6:04pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Huey says...

Ahhhh what a place
Ahhhh what a place Huey
  • Score: -1

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