Published: 14:30, 02 November 2017 |
Updated: 14:48, 02 November 2017
A Kent cabbie has gone on trial accused of holding a Channel 4 news correspondent prisoner in his taxi in a row over the car's heating.
The alleged incident happened in London on the day of the Westminster terrorist attack, a court heard.
Helia Ebrahimi, 39, who works as the channel's business correspondent, was trapped in the back of the London taxi driven by cabbie James Wilkinson, a jury was told.
Giving evidence, Ms Ebrahimi said she made repeated requests for the heating to be turned up.
She told the jury: "I said it couldn't have been turned on as there was a lot of air being blown out, and I was feeling cold.
"He became frustrated and said to me 'if you are going to be like that you can get out'.
"I couldn't understand the level of anger directed at me. I couldn't understand where we were going, what his motivation was and why he wouldn't let me out the taxi" - Helia Ebrahimi
She added: "I thought this had escalated to something that I couldn't comprehend."
Ms Ebrahimi said she asked to be let out of the cab, and said: "He started saying 'this country used to have good people' and 'this city used to have class'.
"It seemed like a personal attack and he had an axe to grind and I couldn't really understand what was his motivation."
She said she felt panicked, and added: "I couldn't understand the level of anger directed at me.
"I couldn't understand where we were going, what his motivation was and why he wouldn't let me out the taxi."
She said: "I pleaded with him, saying that I felt unsafe and said please let me out the taxi because I was feeling very unsafe.
"I felt quite scared. I was pleading to be let out of the cab."
The jury was also played the video filmed by Ms Ebrahimi from the back of the cab during the last part of the journey.
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