Brick- throwing yobs convicted after pensioner was left with fractured skull in a taxi attack!
Brick-throwing yobs who left a 77-year-old woman with a fractured skull after a taxi attack have been convicted.
The plucky pensioner was left battered and bruised after a brick was hurled through the window of the taxishe was travelling in with her husband.
Shocking CCTV footage caught the moment the missile smashed into the cab, leaving the woman covered in blood.
The couple, in their 70s, were travelling home through Sheldon, West Midlands, when thugs launched house bricks at the black cab and smashed three windows.
The video shows the pair ducking for cover as the missiles were launched and the husband of the victim tending to his wife after she was struck on the head.
The driver can then be heard saying ‘hang on folks’ before driving them to a nearby hospital.
The horrifying attack happened on Birmingham’s Bristol Road at around 10.20pm on May 25 last year.
A 17-year-old has admitted wounding and three others, two aged 16 and one aged 15, have been convicted of the same charge.
All four, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were also convicted of conspiring to damage taxis.
They are due to be sentenced next month.
In a witness statement to Birmingham Youth Court, the 77-year-old said: “We shouldn’t have to put up with this sort of violence.
“If the brick had hit the taxi driver, we could have all been killed.”
The court heard at least three taxis were targeted that night, with the repair bill totalling £1600.
Inspector Steven Rice, from West Midlands Police, said at the time: “It is only by chance that we are not dealing with something more serious.
“Someone could have been killed.
“We believe they were targeting black cabs and taxi drivers and we want to reassure the taxi-driving community that we are taking action to prevent a recurrence.
“We have increased police patrols to stop this happening again.”
Shaz Saleem, chairman of Dudley Private Hire & Taxi Association – the company the couple were travelling with – said that incidents like this weren’t unusual.
Shaz, 30, said at the time: “This woman is fortunate to be alive as she was hit by a house brick – it’s frightening.
“It’s heart-breaking to see anyone hurt like that in an unprovoked attack.
“This isn’t a laughing matter. Cuts and bruises will heal but the mental scars will be with her for life.
“She was in a taxi expecting to have a safe journey home.
“We need to put a stop to it now, if we don’t someone will be killed.”