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Edenbridge man jailed for attack on Gravesend taxi driver

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A man has been jailed for an indeterminate period for a brutal
attack on a defenceless taxi driver in Kent.

Driver Gordon Bailey, of Gravesend, was left with serious facial
injuries after the assault.

It happened after the 64-year-old picked up a
fare in Gravesend and took him and a companion to Paddock Wood.

Gordon bailey
Gordon bailey

That fare was Mark Heanan, 23, of Edenbridge.

As the taxi reached its destination in July last year, Heanan
climbed into the front of the taxi and demanded the keys.

Mr Bailey refused and was attacked by Heanan. The yob then ran
from the scene with the taxi takings for the evening.

Heanan admitted a charge of wounding with intent when he
appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday.

Mark Heanan, jailed
Mark Heanan, jailed

He will serve a minimum of three years, seven
months and seven days.

Detective Sgt Miles Bishop said: "This was a vicious, prolonged
and cowardly attack. Mr Bailey was in no position to defend himself
yet Heanan continued the assault with the intention of causing him
serious harm.

"Mr Bailey suffered serious injuries; it is to his credit that
he has been able to assist our investigation and help us produce
the evidence that has put Heanan behind bars."

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