Man who punched cabbie and stole taxi with three passengers in back to go on joyride jailed

Ekram Hussain, 21, has been sent to jail for punching a taxi driver and taking his cab with three passengers already inside for a joyride around Malvern.

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He had been drinking heavily just before the car jacking and ignored the passengers request to pull over and let them out.

He eventually stopped the vehicle and the passengers tried to escape but the car rolled back hitting one of them as Mr Hussain ran off.

Several police vehicles and a helicopter were dispatched to help search for him as he tried to evade through alleyways.

He was eventually found after being spotted by a passerby who alerted police after seeing him hiding behind another car at around 4am on February 28.

He pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm, aggravated vehicle taking, failing to give a specimen of breath and driving with no licence or insurance.

The court was told that Mr Hussain had been at a nightclub and tried to get into a taxi around 3am with a woman he had met in the club.

The driver refused to take him as their were already passengers in the car, the woman got in as Hussain punched the driver and knocked him to the floor.

He then got into the car and took it on a 10 min joy ride with the previous passengers in the taxi.

His defense claimed that Mr Hussain was remorseful for his actions that day and for bringing shame on his family.

Judge Nicolas Cartwright said the potential harm that could have been caused by Hussain that day could only be met with an immediate jail sentence.

He was jailed for 12 months and banned from driving for 12 months.

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