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15 April 2015, 19:03
Two men have been jailed for an attack on a taxi driver in Nottingham that saw him stabbed and loose two fingers.
Lance Reid who's 36 and from Sneinton's got 15 years in jail.
Cornelius Duggan who's 25 and from Clifton has got 9 years.
They stabbed and beat the driver after he came to collect an unpaid fair.
Held in a headlock and told to hand over his money, the victim’s pockets were frisked before he was stabbed in the left thigh. As he tried to escape, his fingers were repeatedly slammed in the front door. He has lost two finger tips as a result.
Reid was also convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice along with Richard McGuire, 47, a taxi driver from Whitegate Vale, Clifton, who was sentenced to three years for attempting to pervert the course of justice.
While on remand in prison, between April 1 and June 10 2014, Reid had used an illegal mobile phone to get word to McGuire who he paid to discredit witness testimony in court.
As a result of their actions, the original trial last year was halted and the judge ordered a retrial.
Detective Constable Simon Harrison from Nottinghamshire Police said: “This was a particularly nasty and violent robbery which left the victim with life-altering injuries.
“Reid and his associates arrogantly assumed they could get away with their crime by offering money for false witness accounts, but we secured overwhelming evidence that they were trying to interfere with the court process.
“Robbery and attempting to pervert the course of justice are offences taken very seriously by the courts; which is reflected in the prison sentences today.”