A TEENAGER and his pal are today behind bars after they hijacked a luxury car at knifepoint before a road smash in Sunderland.
Marlon Mabrouk. 17, lost control of the BMW convertible while driving like a “lunatic” and ploughed it into a passing teaching assistant’s car.
The stolen vehicle came to a standstill upside down on its roof and accomplice Connor Dodds, 20, had to be cut free.
At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Mabrouk and Dodds, who both admitted using armed threats to take the vehicle from its owner, were each sentenced to three years behind bars.
Judge John Evans told them: “The fact of the matter is you subjected your victims to a very frightening experience.
“In your case Mabrouk you then got into the driver’s side of the car and drove in a manner that is best described as like a lunatic, without any regard for any other road users.
“It is miraculous, given you ultimately turned over the car and collided with another car, that someone was not seriously injured.”
The court heard the BMW owner Michael McHugh had been in South Shields with a pal when he met Mabrouk and Dodds at the home of a mutual friend.
It was after he offered the attackers a lift Mabrouk grabbed hold of the keys to the vehicle when they reached their destination.
Michael Bunch, prosecuting, told the court: “Mr McHugh and his friend protested and demanded the keys back.
“However, the defendant Dodds produced a knife, passed it to Mabrouk and he brandished it towards them.”
The court heard Mr McHugh and his friend were threatened before the attackers made off in the car, which was next spotted on Newcastle Road in Sunderland after it had been reported stolen.
It was while in that area the joyriders filled up with petrol without paying and sped off when police tried to pull the car over.
A female teaching assistant told officers she felt a “massive jolt and loud bag” when the stolen car slammed into her vehicle without warning.
Mr Bunch added: “The BMW ended up on its roof.
“Mabrouk ran a short distance before he was stopped and caught.
“Dodds was still in the vehicle and had to be cut out with the assistance of the emergency services.”
The teaching assistant was taken to hospital and released the same day.
Mabrouk, of Gainsborough Avenue, South Shields, admitted robbery, possession of an offensive weapon, making off without payment, aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving.
He was banned from the roads for three years.
Dodds, of Gordon Street, South Shields, admitted robbery, possession of an offensive weapon, making off without payment and aggravated vehicle taking.
He received a two year driving ban.
Defence barristers said the pair had troubled backgrounds.
Vic Laffey, defending, said: “It is very fortunate things weren’t much more serious, as they might have been.”