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Monday, 17 February, 2003, 17:13 GMT
Taxi knife attacker jailed
The High Court in Glasgow
The court heard Mohammed Yusuf needed 11 stitches
A man who slashed a Muslim taxi driver across the neck after calling him a terrorist has been jailed for four years.

Steven Jack was found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow of permanently disfiguring Mohammed Yusuf in a racially aggravated attack.

Jack and two companions were travelling in Mr Yusuf's private hire taxi in Glasgow city centre in November 2001.

During the journey 27-year-old Jack called Mr Yusuf a Taleban terrorist and said "you want to bomb our country".

I felt a tingling sensation

Mohammed Yusuf
Mr Yusuf said he asked the passengers to leave the car.

But Jack was carrying a knife and he slashed the driver across the neck, inflicting a wound which needed 11 stitches.

Mr Yusuf said that he was a practising Muslim and he became a target because of his beard and Afghan hat.

He told the court that from the moment he picked up Jack and his companions from a city centre snooker club he had a "bad feeling" about him because he looked like someone who would give him trouble.

Racial abuse

"I told him I believed to take one person's life was to take the lives of humanity, and that I didn't believe in terrorism," he said.

Mr Yusuf then said he had been racially abused and threatened.

"I stopped and asked them all to leave my car. The accused got 10 yards away then came towards me waving his arms and slashed me on my neck. I felt a tingling sensation," he said.

Temporary Judge Sir Gerald Gordon told Jack that assaulting people with a knife was a serious matter.

He added that in this case it was aggravated by the racial element and the fact that the victim was in a fairly exposed situation.

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