Corby robber jailed for almost seven years
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A Corby man who robbed a taxi driver at gunpoint while threatening to kill him has been jailed for almost seven years.
Shaun Alexander, aged 37, formerly of Selby Walk, appeared at Northampton Crown Court earlier this month on charges related to the incident in Kensington Walk in the early hours of June 1.
He entered guilty pleas to one count of robbery and one count of possessing of a firearm/imitation firearm on what would have been the first day of his trial, and was sentenced to six years and nine months imprisonment for the robbery offence, with a 12-month concurrent sentence for the firearms charge.
DC Lee Norton, of Kettering CID, said: “This offence left a man fearing for his life, simply for doing his job.
“Having arrived to collect a pre-booked fare, he was instead confronted and threatened with a gun before cash, his car keys and wallet were stolen.
“Alexander’s actions were calculated to instil fear and ensure his victim did as he was told, with no regard for the effect such an experience would have on him.
“I’m really pleased with the sentence imposed and hope it goes some way to helping the victim move forward. It also shows that there are significant consequences for those who choose to use violence to commit crime in our county.”
At the hearing on November 12, Alexander was also sentenced to two months for the theft of a pedal cycle in Corby on February 4, to be served consecutively, making a total jail term of six years and 11 months.