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SAVAGE ATTACK: Borehamwood woman imprisoned after attack on taxi driver

 Published on: 24th October 2022   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A woman jailed for wounding her partner has had an extra 30 months added to her sentence.

Ferlisha Reuben-Thomas, 40, was one of a group of people who attacked a taxi driver, leaving him with injuries so serious that he has been unable to work.

In April this year Reuben-Thomas, from Station Road, Borehamwood, was sentenced to three years and three months for her part in the attack on her partner Romanian Alexandru Ion on October 12 last year.

She was back at St Albans crown court today (Monday, October 24) having pleaded guilty to wounding the taxi driver in Cheshunt High Street and stealing his two mobile phones on the night of 22 August 2020.

Prosecutor Nick Saunders said the taxi driver had come to pick up a £5 fare. Reuben-Thomas argued with the passenger, and another of the group she was with stole his car keys.

When the driver got out to chase after the key thief he was stopped. Reuben-Thomas walked around to the driver’s door and attacked him.

She claimed the taxi driver had tried to hit her and he was attacked by others in the group.

He received a large number of blows before being dragged out of the taxi and was kicked to the head and back.

The driver ran off, but fell over and CCTV footage played to the court showed Reuben-Thomas kick him to the head before she pulled a youth away from him.

Mr Saunders said the driver suffered bruising to multiple areas, loose teeth and two fractured vertebrae. Since the attack he had not worked, suffers shooting pain, double vision and has not been able to afford to have his teeth fixed.

Defending, Bozzie Sheffi said Reuben-Thomas is in prison and has been able to rid herself of alcohol addiction. She is being treated for long-term mental health issues and is doing everything she can to gain qualifications. She said she wanted to return to a normal life.

Sentencing her, Judge Michael Roques said: “It was a truly horrific incident. The taxi driver suffered a whole series of injuries. He has been unable to work and has a headache that never goes away.

“As devastating as that was the psychological impact. Two years after the event he is still having night terrors and is scared to leave his house.

“It is clear the injuries have had a long-term impact. It was a prolonged and persistent attack.”

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