A 25-year-old Cowes man who threatened a taxi driver with a 6-inch kitchen knife after refusing to pay his fare has been handed a 12-month community order with 120 hours of unpaid work.
Billy Haylor, of Newport Road in Cowes, was sentenced at the Isle of Wight Crown Court on Friday after Magistrates decided last month that the matter was too serious for them to deal with.
The courts previously heard that Haylor approached a taxi in Newport on the night of 15th April this year and asked to go to Cowes Medical Centre. The fare was agreed and during the journey, the intoxicated 25-year-old fell asleep. Arriving in Cowes, the taxi driver roused Haylor who proceeded to fumble to make payment before then vomiting over the back seats.
The driver made clear that a soiling charge would have to be paid but a small argument ensued, to which Haylor then said ‘f**k it’ and ran off.
Keen to ensure he received his fare, the taxi driver followed Haylor to a nearby address. Whilst on the phone to Police, Haylor made threats to kill the taxi driver before then stepping foot outside his home and into his garden with a large kitchen knife. The taxi driver was advised to get back into his vehicle by Police.
“I’m going to cut you up. I’ll find your family and cut them up too”.
The incident landed Billy Haylor in court on 2 charges of making off without payment, 1 of which involved threatening an individual with a knife. He pleaded guilty to both charges on 6th May.
Defending, Oscar Vincent said that the actions of Haylor, a tiler, were out of character and came after a barrage of negative impacts on his life. Mr Vincent said that Haylor was unable to properly explain his behaviour.
Magistrates sent the case up to the Crown Court where Haylor received a 12-month community order with 10 rehabilitation days and 120 hours of unpaid work attached. He was also ordered to pay £425 costs and £80 compensation.
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