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Taxi Driver Steals Pensioner’s Purse

There are criminals in every industry and taxi driving is no different. However, the actions of cabbie David Miller were pretty low, even for a petty thief. He was found guilty of stealing the purse of a 92 year old passenger after dropping her off at a care home in Tyneside. Initially, Miller did the right thing after the woman dropped her purse: He picked it up and gave it back to her. However, when she dropped it again, he decided to keep it along with the £80 inside.

He was quickly caught and admitted his guilt. However, he had a change of heart and claimed that he didn’t steal it, despite the fact that the police showed video footage of him picking it off the floor. Yet when it came to his hearing at South Tyneside Magistrate’s Court, he once again pleaded guilty to theft. He told those at the hearing that it was a rash act and described himself as a ‘scumbag’.

Jeanette Smith was the prosecutor and she read a statement from the victim which outlined how the incident had dented her confidence when it came to going out in public. The victim explained how she was dependent on taxis to help her get around but is now afraid to use one again in case she sees Miller. He had been a cab driver for 15 years and seems certain to lose both his license and his job.

He was defended by Mark Richardson who spoke on behalf of the driver and said he was ashamed of what he had done and wished to apologise to the victim. Richardson said that Miller was having money troubles and was not bringing enough cash home to support his wife, car payments and mortgage.

He was given a one year community order and sentenced to 40 hours of unpaid work. Miller was also hit with a £40 bill for costs. The money was found in Miller’s home and immediately returned to the woman. Malcolm Grady was acting as the chairman of the bench and he described the whole incident as ‘distasteful’. He accused Miller of taking advantage of an elderly woman after being placed in a position of trust. He also pointed out that the woman’s confidence had been destroyed and it would take a long time for her to regain it.

Source: shieldsgazette.co.uk