A HUDDERSFIELD man has been accused of robbing three Yorkshire cabbies at knifepoint.
Father-of-three Mohammed Akbar, 29, of Rashcliffe Hill Road, Lockwood, is alleged to have to have robbed Sheffield cabbie Zahid Mahmood Bhatti in October last year.
The alleged theft is said to have come after Akbar took a taxi back to Huddersfield with his wife and children.
When police questioned Akbar about the alleged robbery he disputed the taxi driver's account and insisted that nothing like that had happened.
It emerged at Bradford Crown Court yesterday that the Crown Prosecution Service dropped that case against Akbar. But it was reinstated after he was allegedly involved in two knifepoint robberies in May and June this year.
A jury has heard how Akbar allegedly took £80 from Mr Bhatti after threatening him with a knife.
He is also accused of robbing Keighley cabbie Mohammed Ibrar of £60 and Leeds taxi driver Chaudhry Nazam of £30.
All three robberies are alleged to have occurred after the cabbies had driven Akbar to Huddersfield.
At the time of the alleged robberies in May and June Akbar has admitted being in the taxis with his wife.
But during police questioning he maintained that he had argued with the three drivers about the fares and denied using a knife to rob any of them.
Akbar has pleaded not guilty to three charges of robbery. His trial is expected to finish on Monday.