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Lout jailed for attack on cabbie

PUBLISHED: 16:53 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 23 August 2010

BRUISED AND BATTERED: Victim Gordon Bailey

BRUISED AND BATTERED: Victim Gordon Bailey

A MAN has been sentenced to more than three-and-a-half years for a viscous attack on an elderly taxi driver. Mark Heanan, 23, of Edenbridge, was handed an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for public protection at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday, M

A MAN has been sentenced to more than three-and-a-half years for a viscous attack on an elderly taxi driver.

Mark Heanan, 23, of Edenbridge, was handed an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for public protection at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday, March 5.

Heanan pleaded guilty to wounding Gordon Bailey, 64, of Gravesend, with intent and was told he must serve a minimum of three years, seven months and seven days.

Mr Bailey, a driver for 369369 Taxis, in Pelham Road South, Gravesend, was attacked in July 2009.

Detective Sergeant Miles Bishop said: "This was a vicious, prolonged and cowardly attack.

"Mr Bailey was in no position to defend himself yet Heanan continued the assault with the intention of causing him serious harm.

"Mr Bailey suffered serious injuries; it is to his credit that he has been able to assist our investigation and help us produce the evidence that has put Heanan behind bars."

Heanan, together with a companion, had been driven to Paddock Wood from Gravesend when he attacked their driver who refused to hand over the car keys.

He then ran from the scene with the taxi takings for the evening, leaving his victim with serious facial injuries.

It came weeks after driver Steve West of Phoenix Taxis was attacked in Perry Street, Northfleet, and just over two years since the murder of Gian Chand Bajar, of Darnley Road, Gravesend, who was murdered by Luke Aujila.

Since 2007, after the popular Sikh driver was run over by his own cab, CCTV has been installed in all Gravesham's taxis.

Drivers based in the town have repeatedly called on the scheme to be rolled out across neighbouring boroughs including Dartford and the rest of the country for their colleague's protection.

Last month the Reporter revealed that the in-car-camera scheme had been deemed a success by drivers in the town.

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