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Violent taxi hijackers had 'no regard' for their victim

A car hijacker who was himself a recent victim of car crime, has hobbled free from court after his two-year jail term was suspended for two years.

Belfast Crown Court Judge Geoffrey Miller QC told 22-year-old Stephen Wilson, who appeared in the dock with his lower left leg still in a cage brace, it was because of his injuries that he was setting him free.

His 22-year-old co-accused, however, who cannot be identified because he faces other criminal proceedings, was jailed for a year, with a further year to be spent on licence.

The judge had earlier heard how the pair, along with two other accomplices not before the court, had hijacked a Skoda taxi in the early hours of May 14, 2010.

Handing down the jail terms, Judge Miller said their "law-abiding" victim had also suffered, in that he had lost his car and had experienced psychological damage as a result of the attack.

"This was a serious and violent attack on a man carrying out a public service," said the judge, telling the pair they had "shown no regard" for him.

Belfast Telegraph