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Minicab robber caged

PUBLISHED: 15:33 12 August 2010 | UPDATED: 15:46 12 August 2010

David Sieni

David Sieni

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A MAN who was on early release from prison robbed a minicab driver at gunpoint, a court heard.

Student David Sieni, 23, of Bramley House, Tunworth Crescent, Roehampton, was jailed for 13 years at Croydon Crown Court on July 21 after a jury found him guilty of robbery and posession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Sieni, formerly from Brockley, was on early release on licence after being sentenced for a robbing jewellery worth £8,000 from Charles Fox Jewellers in Bournemouth on December 2, 2004.

Aged 18 at the time, he admitted being part of a gang armed with CS gas and hammers and was jailed for eight years.

But he was released on October 28, 2008, after serving half his sentence and on December 11 last year, attacked and robbed a minicab driver in Anerley.

The cab was ordered from a house in Holybourne Avenue, Roehampton by someone using the name ‘Jason’ and Sieni got into the vehicle and asked to go to an address in Crystal Palace.

When they arrived at Charleville Circus, Anerley, another male was waiting and the driver was threatened with a gun, hit on the head with the weapon and pulled from his car.

The driver was punched a number of times by Sieni and he took a mobile phone and cash from his pockets before both men got into the cab and drove away.

The victim flagged down a passing motorist who called the police and an ambulance and he was taken to University Hospital, Lewisham for treatment for a number of cuts and bruises to his face, head and body.

The mini-cab was later recovered in Rushey Green, Lewisham.

Upon his arrest he was remanded in prison to serve the remainder of his sentence but he denied the offence despite being picked out of an ID parade by the victim.

But a majority of jurors found him guilty of both offences after a six-day trial in June and he was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for the robbery and five years, to run concurrently, for the firearm offence.

The second suspect remains outstanding.

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