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Mark Anthony Brown, 50 (03.10.64) of St Ann's Road, N15 was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum term of five years on Friday, 16 January at Snaresbrook Crown Court, after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to four counts of robbery, which occurred between 3 October and 13 October 2014.
The first robbery took place on Friday, 3 October in Amhurst Park, N16. The victim, a 51-year-old male cab driver was threatened by Brown with a four inch knife and then punched to the head. The victim sounded his car horn to attract passers-by, but Brown still continued his attack, punching and biting him, before stealing a briefcase.
The second offence took place the following day, when Brown entered a mini cab office in Bethnal Green Road, E2. He asked the 31-year-old driver to take him to Woodbury Grove, N4. Brown told the victim he had a knife and ordered him to hand over his money. A struggle ensured, with Brown punching the driver in the face, before stealing £130 in cash.
On Sunday, 12 October Brown was collected by a 40-year-old mini cab driver from the N17 area. He was taken to Earls Mead Road, N15 and produced a £50 note to pay for his fare. The driver took out his wallet to get some change and as he did so, Brown leant forward from the back seat and snatched £40 from his hand before running off.
His final attack took place on Monday, 13 October when Brown took a cab to the Stamford Hill area. Once at his destination he held a knife against the 54-year-old cab driver's neck and punched him several times to the face. He fled the car with around £50 in cash and a satellite navigation system.
The victim suffered a broken nose and extensive swelling to his eye socket and face.
Brown was arrested on 20 October, after a police foot chase. Following a complex investigation he was charged with four counts of robbery.
Detective Constable Matt Mowbray, from Hackney Borough CID, said: "Brown's actions have had lasting impact on his victims. His repeated attacks left other mini cab drivers in the area very fearful for their safety.
"I can only hope that this lengthy sentence serves to reassure the public, now that this dangerous man has been removed from the streets."