Back in jail: The ‘psychologically unstable’ window cleaner who attacked taxi driver over fare

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A SOUTH Tyneside man who was given an indefinite jail sentence for threatening to have a taxi driver stabbed, to avoid paying a fare, has been put back behind bars.

David Sewell was locked up in 2006 at Newcastle Crown Court after attacking a driver taking him to his home in Jarrow.

He threw punches at the driver, kicked the car door, and threatened to get a friend to stab him.

Sewell then snatched the driver’s bag of takings, containing about £100, before making off.

He was described as ‘psychologically unstable’ when put behind bars by Judge John Milford – but was later released on a lifetime licence.

But the 36-year-old is now back in prison after failing to provide a breath test to police in South Shields, who suspected him of drink driving.

Sewell admitted a charge of failing to provide a specimen of breath when he appeared in the custody dock at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

He had been stopped by officers in the town in the early hours of Sunday, December 21.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “In the early hours of Sunday morning, police on mobile patrol saw Sewell travelling towards Sea Road. Due to the manner of his driving, they decided to follow him.

“He came to a stop at the Little Haven Hotel car park and police spoke to him. He was showing signs of drunkenness.

“He was arrested and taken to South Shields Police Station where he refused to provide a specimen of breath.”

She added: “He was previously jailed for robbery at Newcastle Crown Court and is on licence for that. I understand he is now to be recalled on that licence.”

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He was stopped by police and failed to provide a specimen. In doing so is guilty of the offence.

“He has pleaded guilty immediately to that. He has started his own window cleaning business which does involve motor transport.”

Peter Conway, chairman of the magistrates, fined Sewell £165 and ordered him to pay court costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.

He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months.

The court heard that Sewell, now of Malvern Road, Washington, was to be sent back to prison on an emergency recall by the probation service.

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