A PARANOID drug user who stabbed a nurse in the neck after forcing her into her car at knifepoint has been jailed for at least six years.
Elaine Bucknor's car-jacking ordeal began after cannabis smoker David Salmon, 25, lost his temper with taxi driver Javed Akhtar and the unwitting cabbie drove off with Salmon's loaded sawn-off shotgun in his boot.
Salmon, of Chalwood, Deighton, came across Mrs Bucknor near a newsagent's in Huddersfield Road, Mirfield.
He told her to get back in her Volkswagen Polo and drive him to Almondbury.
When she said she needed to go into the shop Salmon produced a penknife and threatened to cut her throat.
Police later said: "She was lucky to get away with her life."
Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday how Salmon had armed himself with the double-barrelled shotgun two days earlier after receiving threats.
It had been in a holdall in Mr Akhtar's boot.
Prosecutor Jonathan Gibson said Salmon had asked Mr Akhtar to take him to Huddersfield last November.
But when he changed his destination the taxi driver stopped the car and said another taxi would have to come out to collect Salmon.
"The defendant, in his paranoid state, thought this was some kind of conspiracy," said Mr Gibson.
Salmon lost his temper and as he went to the boot of the taxi Mr Akhtar drove off.
The shotgun was later found in the holdall when Mr Akhtar arrived at the taxi office. The police were alerted.
Mr Gibson said that after Salmon forced Mrs Bucknor into her car he punched her in the face and used the penknife to cut the back of her left hand to show her he was serious about the threats.
During the journey Salmon told the nurse he was kidnapping her.
"He said he could kill her, throw her out and no-one would find her," said Mr Gibson.
Mrs Bucknor was so frightened for her life that after stopping the car she jumped out and started to run off.
Salmon chased her and stabbed her in the neck with the penknife, causing a wound which needed four stitches.
Mr Gibson added: "Mrs Bucknor thought she was going to be killed so she started fighting the defendant.
"He punched her in the chest and dragged her back into the car.
"Unhappily, although there were people in the area, nobody came to her assistance."
Mrs Bucknor was then told to drive to the home of Salmon's mother in Friar Place, Bradley. It was while there that his mother helped Mrs Bucknor to escape.
Salmon ran off, but handed himself in to police about a week later.
Earlier this year Salmon pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, wounding, having a loaded shotgun in a public place and possessing a prohibited firearm.
Judge Roger Scott was told that Salmon had a previous conviction for robbery, involving an armed attack on a pizza shop.
After legal submissions he said he was imposing a jail sentence to protect the public.
Salmon will have to serve at least six years and 165 days in jail.
But the judge said that even after that period Salmon would only be released if the parole board decided it was safe.
He told Salmon: "This lady was absolutely terrified. She thought she was going to die. She tried to run off. She was stabbed in the neck, she fought with you and she definitely thought she was going to die.
"A more serious case of false imprisonment it is difficult to see."
Salmon's barrister, Simon Myers, had earlier urged the judge to consider the latest offences to be a `one-off'.
But Judge Scott said Salmon was a significant risk of could cause serious harm to members of the public.
"It may be that the parole board conclude you are never safe to be released," the judge told Salmon.
If he is released Salmon would then be on licence for at least 10 years. But the parole board could decide he should be on licence for life.