08:07AM, Friday 13 July 2012
A drug addict who attempted to rob a taxi driver of his takings in Windsor has been jailed for nearly three years.
Jurors unanimously found Aaron Healy guilty of attempted robbery and having a knife yesterday after a two-day trial at Reading Crown Court.
The court heard how Healy, of Perrycroft, Windsor, tried to rob taxi driver Mohammad Saifi of his money on February 1, while on licence from prison.
It heard the 29-year-old, who works as a roofer, had picked up some crack cocaine from a dealer and cannabis before committing the offence.
Healy had a history of previous convictions, including burglary and theft from a motor vehicle, and had served time behind bars before.
These included being jailed on June 6 last year for attempted burglary and breach of a suspended prison sentence.
Healy's offending was said to have all been related to his ongoing battle with drug addiction and abuse since he was a teenager.
The court heard how he had smoked crack cocaine for nearly 12 years from the age of 18, while he also smoked cannabis.
Healy had denied both charges on May 17 at the same court.
He was handed 27 months in jail for attempted robbery and six months for using a knife, which are to run consecutively for a total of two years and nine months behind bars.
In sentencing, Deputy Circuit Judge Julian Hall said the offence was committed in a 'casual and thoughtless way'.
He added: "You frightened the life out of the taxi driver, but fortunately you did not pursue it and it was an attempted robbery rather than a robbery."
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