Police welcome sentencing in taxi hijacking case

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

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Police have welcomed the sentence today of John Paul Moore (19) at Derry Crown Court in relation to an incident of attempted hijacking which occurred on 10th September 2014 involving a local female taxi driver.

Judge Philip Babington imposed a sentence of three years’ imprisonment, half of which will be spent on supervised licence.

Local police have welcomed the jail sentence, stressing they are committed to robustly dealing with such incidents like this in the city and putting offenders before the courts, particularly those involving public service workers, as in this case, a taxi driver.

Constable Lisa McKernan, from the Reducing Offending Unit, said: ”The community will, hopefully, feel safer knowing that a prolific offender has been given such a robust sentence for such a heinous crime committed against a member of the community whilst doing her job.”

Constable McKernan said the Reducing Offending Unit (ROU) was part of a Northern Ireland-wide approach to the management of prolific offenders.

She added: “The ROU in Derry City and Strabane identifies offenders from across Foyle and Strabane who are causing most harm within the local communities. The identified offenders are then closely monitored in a number of different ways – by carrying out frequent bail checks, monitoring the behaviour of individual criminals and where we suspect that they have been involved in further crime, carry out searches of their person and property.”