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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:05 pm 
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Yes, the thread title does make sense. Kind of 8-[


Robber locked up for targeting Leeds city centre taxi drivers with his girlfriend

https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/ ... nd-3187261

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A robber has been jailed for half for three and a half years after he attacked taxi drivers near to Leeds city centre with his girlfriend.

James Cordingley and Charlene Campbell targeted two male victims in the early hours of October 13, 2019.

Leeds Crown Court heard Cordingley, Campbell and another unidentified man got into a taxi driver's vehicle after he parked on Bridge Road, Holbeck at 3.05am.

Caroline Abraham, prosecuting said the driver got back into his car and told them to get out.

Cordingley, who was on the back seat, picked up a piece of clothing, put it around the driver's neck and began to choke him.

The driver managed to get out of the car after a struggle but was chased by Cordingley.

Cordingley managed to catch the victim and punched him a number of times to the face.

When they reached the destination Cordingley put his arms around the driver's neck, causing him to scream.

Campbell put her hand over the driver's mouth to stop him screaming.

Cordingley took two mobile phones from the driver and £150 in cash.

Local residents were alerted by the disturbance and the attackers ran away.

Campbell was identified as a suspect after she dropped her jacket at the scene and it was found to contain her DNA.

Both defendants were also identified from CCTV footage.

Campbell, 37, also of Ashton Road, pleaded guilty to robbery.

Stephen Welford, for Cordingley, said his client had been diagnosed with schizophrenia which is made worse by his use of illicit drugs.

Mr Welford said: "At the time of the offences in 2019 he had lost the support of a community psychiatric nurse who he had been engaging with.

"That led to him stopping his medication."

Christopher Dunn, for Campbell, said his client had been in custody for seven months since being arrested.

She was given a two year sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 40 rehabilitation activity requirement days.


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Scum.

Cowardly scum. :sad:

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 2:44 pm 
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The driver managed to get out of the car after a struggle but was chased by Cordingley.

Cordingley managed to catch the victim and punched him a number of times to the face.

When they reached the destination Cordingley put his arms around the driver's neck, causing him to scream.

Campbell put her hand over the driver's mouth to stop him screaming.

Not clear why this case has appeared on another site several weeks later - thought it was maybe for sentencing, but the sentences were actually detailed in the original article.

But this latest version does solve a slight mystery from the earlier piece - the 'narrative' above seems slightly illogical, because the driver got out of the car and was punched 'a number of times to the face', yet mysteriously seemed to get back in the car, only later to be grabbed round the neck.

However, there's actually a bit missing from the above version, because the latter stuff actually relates to an attack on a second driver, as outlined below, which obviously explains why the above reads a bit strangely.

Also a few interesting details in this newer version, like the first driver needing a metal plate inserted in his jaw, and that the reason he was out of his car was that he had stopped to 'uninate', which I'm sure will resonate in particular with night drivers like me 8-[

Also some information on the perps' criminal pasts - quite an extensive record, unsurprisingly :?


Robber strangled and suffocated Leeds taxi drivers in series of attacks in city's red light district

https://www.leeds-live.co.uk/news/leeds ... i-20307619

James Cordingley was jailed and his partner Charlene Campbell was handed a suspended sentence

A robber has been jailed over two back seat attacks on taxi drivers in Leeds' red light district.

James Cordingley carried out the attacks in Holbeck in the early hours of October 13, 2019.

Shortly after 3am, a taxi driver stopped on Bridge Road to urinate and Cordingley and his partner Charlene Campbell jumped into his car.

The victim returned to the car and told the couple to get out.

Cordingley, who was sitting in the back seat, tried to strangle a man with an item of clothing before running after him, putting him in a headlock and punching him in the face.

The victim stopped a passing taxi driver who called police.

Around an hour later, the pair and a third person got into a taxi outside the Clayton Hotel on Sweet Street and asked to be taken to Harehills.

Cordingley, who again sat in the back seat, put his arms around the victim's neck.

Campbell put her hand over the man's mouth when he started to scream so the victim started sounding his horn, drawing attention from other people.

The trio got out of the car and Campbell went round to the driver's side where she stole two mobile phones and cash.

Leeds Crown Court heard Campbell dropped her jacket at the scene, which contained her DNA.

Prosecutor Caroline Abraham said the victim of the first attack had to have a metal plate put in his jaw and suffers from anxiety, stress and sleeplessness as a result of the attack.

She said the second victim took 10 days off work after the incident because he felt unwell and scared.

Cordingley pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. in relation to the first incident.

The couple, of Ashton Road, Harehills, pleaded guilty to robbery in relation to the second incident.

Cordingley, 43, was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Campbell, 37, was handed a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, with a requirement to complete 40 days of rehabilitation activity.

Previous convictions and mitigation

Cordingley had 24 previous convictions for 59 offences.

Campbell had five previous convictions for nine offences.

Cordingley's barrister Stephen Welford said his client has a mental health condition which is worsened by his use of illegal drugs. He said Cordingley's schizophrenia previously saw him admitted to hospital.

Mr Welford said the defendant had lost the support of a community psychiatric nurse who he had been engaging with around the time of the offences.

Campbell's barrister Christopher Dunn said he was a 'victim of life' who needed support to get housing and 'put on the straight and narrow'. He said she had spent seven months in custody and asked the judge to suspend an immediate custodial sentence.


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Some might say both got off lightly.

Others may say they will be dead soon from their addictions.

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Some might say both got off lightly.

Others may say they will be dead soon from their addictions.



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