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Man in court charged with attempted murder of Keighley cabbie
7:20am Wednesday 31st October 2012 in News
Josh Stevens, 19, was brought into the dock from custody at Leeds Magistrates Court yesterday, along with co-accused Michael Walker, 21.
Stevens is charged with attempting to murder Khalid Pervez at about 3am on October 28 and robbing him of £25 near Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium in Beeston, Leeds.
Walker is jointly charged with robbery.
Both defendants were remanded back into custody to appear at Leeds Crown Court on November 6.
No bail application was made for Stevens, of Tytton Lane East, Wyberton, Boston, Lincolnshire.
Walker, of Helston Green, Leeds, was refused bail by District Judge Christopher Darnton.
Prosecutor Lisa Carlton told the court that Mr Pervez remained in hospital.
The charges have been brought after Mr Pervez picked up a woman passenger and drove her to Beeston, she said.
She was said to be in the back seat of the cab when two men approached it.
It is alleged that the driver was threatened with a large kitchen knife by a man who demanded money.
The Crown’s case is that Mr Pervez handed over £25 and was attacked, suffering defensive injuries to his hands and arms.
Mrs Carlton said he was severely injured, sustaining a deep wound to his forearm and slashes, graze marks and gashes to his head, face and body.
The court heard he had undergone one operation and was contiinuing to receive treatment in hospital.
West Yorkshire Police said Mr Pervez, who worked for Ace Cars, remained in a “stable” condition.
Last night, Shakeel Hanif, manager at Ace Cars, described Mr Pervez as a gentleman who was very helpful to his customers.
He said he had visited him in hospital and told how Mr Pervez’s badly injured left arm was heavily bandaged and that he had also suffered cuts to his face. “That this has happened to him of all people is sickening,” Mr Hanif said.