A TEENAGER who pulled a knife on two cab drivers in two days will be detained in a young offenders’ institution for 12 months.
Alex Grogan brandished a knife at the cabbies after they asked him to pay his fare, Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday.
The 19-year-old, of South Parade, Cleckheaton, swung the knife at one of the drivers, who then suffered a cut to his hand when he tried to defend himself.
The incidents happened on April 22 and 23 this year, when Grogan had been drinking.
In the first, Grogan was taken from his home to another address in Cleckheaton. When they arrived, Grogan claimed he needed to get some money but, when asked by the driver to leave something as insurance, he produced a six-inch knife, the court was told.
Prosecutor Duncan Ritchie added: “He swore at the driver then walked away.”
The following day, Grogan booked a cab with a different company to take him from Dewsbury to Cleckheaton. When he was asked for the fare, Grogan pulled out a knife and swung it towards the driver, who fought back.
After a struggle, Grogan got out of the car but dropped his mobile phone and another knife, which the cabbie drove off with. Grogan was arrested the next day.
Mr Ritchie said: “The driver was struggling to sleep after the incident. He feared the defendant might attack him again in the future.”
At an earlier hearing, Grogan pleaded guilty to six offences — two of having a bladed article in a public place, two of making off without paying, threatening a driver and causing actual bodily harm.
Grogan must also pay a £900 criminal court charge and a £100 victim surcharge.