Belfast taxi driver, 49, to face trial accused of pulling a fake gun on terrified passenger and hitting him with it over ‘drugs debt’
- Taxi driver Brian Stalford allegedly threatened a passenger with a fake gun
- He previously claimed the incident was a ‘consensual planned prank’
- Stalford’s case will go to trial later this year
A former taxi driver accused of brandishing a fake gun at a terrified passenger and beating him with it over a suspected drug debt will go on trial in just a few months.
Former FonaCab driver Brian Alexander Stalford, 49, was filmed last year pulling out a Desert Eagle replica pistol and hitting a passenger while issuing a series of explosive-filled threats while in was a car in Northern Ireland.
Stalford previously claimed the incident was a ‘consensual planned prank’
In the one-minute clip, believed to have taken place in Holywood, County Down, a few miles outside Belfast, Stalford is said to have told the as-yet-unknown front passenger: ‘You’re fucking lucky, I’m not f*** *** you take your knees out of this fucking parking lot boy.
“I’m telling you now because this is the fucking mood I’m in. Trust me.
Former FonaCab driver Brian Alexander Stalford, 49 (pictured, left) is accused of threatening a passenger with a fake gun
He denied the charges during proceedings at Belfast Crown Court (file photo)
‘Now I’m telling you, look what’s going on in this car, see if I hear somebody fucking talking about it mate, I’ll take your fucking head off.
‘Do you hear me fucking? Right, that’s the fucking last of it son. You do fucking what you do, you put on what you need to fucking make up – fast.’
The aggressive driver also refers to a passenger in the back seat who is also not named, indicating that he knows him and suggests that because of this the threat of punishment would be worse.
He says: ‘You’re working off your fucking debt. I tell you, see the next time I come back, I’ll take your fucking legs off. Just because it’s my fucking partner, and only he’s my partner, I’d take your legs off.
‘That’s it, it ends here. I promise you, it’s over and done with, I won’t come back near you. You’re making fucking improvements.’
The shaken backseat passenger then asks the driver to get them out of the parking lot.
He says: ‘Let’s get the hell out of here mate. You didn’t tell me that mate. F*** me I’m shaking like a leaf here mate.
Stalford was fired from his job as a FonaCab taxi driver shortly after video of the incident was shared online.
He pleaded not guilty today to charges of possessing an intimidation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, common assault and threats to kill, as well as assaulting a front seat passenger and threatening to kill the same man to be killed on the same date during proceedings. at Belfast Crown Court.
Judge Donna McColgan KC, who is presiding over the case, set the date for the hearing as April 10 and that a review would help sometime in March.