Cab attack knifeman’s jail term

Jailed - Christopher Crook
Jailed - Christopher Crook

A YOUNG Wigan man who tried to rob a taxi driver and later attacked another man while on bail has been caged.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Christopher Crook, who was drunk, got a private hire driver to take him from Leigh to his home in Scot Lane, Newtown, in the early hours of January 22 last year.

When they arrived Crook said his money for the £20 fare was inside his home and discovered that his house keys were also inside and broke a window to get in.

He asked the driver, Robert Moore, to help him climb in and then invited the cabbie in, said Harry Pepper, prosecuting.

Crook went upstairs for the cash but then came back and after going into the kitchen emerged with a kitchen knife with a 6ins blade and started threatening Mr Moore. He demanded his mobile phone and car keys but Mr Moore said they were in his vehicle.

“He grabbed Mr Moore by the collar causing his gold chain to break and told him he was going for a ride with him and unlocked the door. As they went out through the door Mr Moore picked up a wheelie bin and threw it at him and ran towards the police station for help,” said Mr Pepper.

A woman neighbour saw Crook chasing him down the road with a knife and opened her front door and invited Mr Moore in for safety.

The police quickly arrived at the scene and arrested Crook, who was “argumentative and heavily intoxicated.”

When interviewed he agreed he had broken the window to get in but claimed he had paid the driver.

On March 3 he was in the Venue public house in Wigan and joined in an attack by another man on customer Alan Wilson who appeared to be unconscious on the floor. Crook was seen to punch him three times before other customers stopped the attack.

Crook and his companion ran off and fortunately the victim had not sustained serious injury. Crook was arrested nearby after a short chase.

Crook, 26, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and common assault and was jailed for three years and nine months.

Steven Swift, defending, said that Crook, who has previous convictions including robbery, had been drunk on both occasions. His life has now stabilised and he has a young child and has been obeying a supervision order.

Sentencing him Judge Bryn Holloway said that he had been heavily intoxicated and the offences had not been planned or sophisticated.