Taxi driver ‘was held by throat’
The High Court has heard how a taxi driver was held by the throat and asked if he wanted to spend days locked in a coal bunker.
The victim fled his taxi chased by one of his suspected attackers during an alleged bid to seize the vehicle from him, a judge was told.
Details were disclosed as a Belfast man accused of involvement in the incident was refused bail. Paul Corey (22), of Claremont Street in the city, faces a charge of attempted robbery.
Nicola Auret, prosecuting, told the court that the driver's ordeal began after picking up three men and a woman from Poleglass, west Belfast, in January. He began to feel uneasy about discussions between Corey and another suspect as soon as the journey began: “They were asking the taxi driver how he would like to spend several days locked in a coal bunker.” Ms Auret alleged that one of those in the back put hands up to the victim's face, and at one stage round his neck.
The driver eventually managed to escape through the passenger's door and alerted police.
Mr Justice Tracey refused bail to the accused.