Two men jailed after flagging down, robbing and beating taxi driver in South Shields

Marc Mackie and Conna Sinclair Credit: Northumbria Police

Two men who flagged down a taxi driver in South Shields before beating and robbing him have been jailed.

Marc Mackie and Conna Sinclair left the cab driver with a broken nose and facial injuries after stealing cash for drugs, police said.

Mackie, 31, and Sinclair, 22, were jailed for a combined total of 11 years on November 16.

Mackie, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of a bladed article when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on November 16. He was jailed for six years.

Sinclair, also of no fixed abode, admitted robbery and was sentenced to five years and two months behind bars.

The pair claimed to have a flat tyre around 2 am on April 11.

When the driver got out of the car to take a closer look, he was assaulted by one of the offenders while the other took money from inside the cab.

After luring the driver out of the cab, one of the men reined punches and kicks down upon him while the other stole £130 from a drawstring bag inside the vehicle.

In a statement prepared for court, the victim said: “Before this incident I would work hard as a taxi driver to provide for my family. This included very unsocial hours to provide a service to the public.

If somebody needed money, I would have given them money – they didn’t have to do this.

Victim statement

“Both the physical and psychological impact of this incident are going to stay with me for a very long time.”

Detective Sergeant Aidan Hall from Northumbria Police, said: “This was an appalling attack which left the driver with significant injuries.

It is absolutely mindless offending and the victim will have to live with the psychological effects of this for the rest of his life.

Detective Sergeant Aidan Hall, of Northumbria Police

“Mackie and Sinclair showed a total disregard for their target, subjecting him to a frightening ordeal for purely selfish gain. They wanted money for drugs and were willing to do anything to get it.

“I am pleased that they both now begin a long custodial term and I hope this outcome offers some comfort to the victim, who has shown amazing bravery throughout this case.

“We will not tolerate violence on our streets and I hope this reinforces that – Mackie and Sinclair should be ashamed of themselves and they must now deal with the severe consequences of their actions.”