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Kempston taxi driver kidnap: Jordan James jailed for attack

Jordan James
Image caption The judge said Jordan James's gun comments were "chilling"

One of two men who kidnapped and threatened to shoot a taxi driver has been jailed for six years.

Jordan James, of no fixed address, threatened Mohammed Rahman, 30, after he picked the men up in Kempston, Bedford, in November.

Luton Crown Court heard James held a knife to Mr Rahman's throat. He admitted robbery, kidnap and possession of a knife and an imitation firearm.

His accomplice, Jamie Scott, 24, is due to be sentenced at a later date.

The court heard James had implied to a probation officer that if the gun had been real he would have had no qualms about using it to get what he wanted.

Sarah Porter, prosecuting, said taxi driver Mr Rahman wanted payment upfront but agreed to take them to get some money.

Drive 'terrified'

"During the journey, James, who was sitting behind him, produced a knife which was scraped along his neck and held to his throat.

"He was told to keep calm and drive them to Luton.

"Then Scott pulled something from a bag and told the driver it was a gun," she said.

The prosecutor said the driver was robbed of his wallet and phone and in Luton was forced to withdraw £300 from a cash machine.

"He was threatened on numerous occasions that he would be killed if he tried anything and he was terrified," she added.

She said eventually he fled from the car while it was still moving, after seeing a parked police car.

He was unable to eat or drink for days after the incident, and no longer worked at night, the court heard.

'Dangerous criminal'

Judge Richard Foster told James: "This was an horrific offence and the victim was absolutely petrified and in fear of his very life.

"The chilling part is what you later told a probation officer and you showed absolutely no remorse for what you did and said you would do it again if you needed to.

"I am quite satisfied that you are a dangerous criminal."

Scott will be sentenced at a later date for the same offences.

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