Dad tells of Edinburgh carjacking terror

Lee Fleming feared for his life when confronted by  his attacker in Dumbiedykes. Picture: Scott Louden

Lee Fleming feared for his life when confronted by his attacker in Dumbiedykes. Picture: Scott Louden

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A CARJACKER threatened to stab a motorist before stealing his vehicle just yards from the family home.

Lee Fleming, 47, had just pulled up outside his house in Dumbiedykes when the hooded thief – who was 
wearing a splint on his left index finger – opened the door and demanded he get out of the car.

The thief then got behind the wheel and crashed into a parked car in front before careering into at least three other vehicles as he made his escape.

The terrifying robbery left Mr Fleming – a father of three – fearing for his life and took place less than 50 yards from his front door on Dumbiedykes Road.

It took place at 7pm on Monday outside Lochview Court.

Today, Mr Fleming told how the faces of his children flashed through his mind as the thief told him he would stab him with the blade being concealed behind his back.

He said: “He appeared out of nowhere and opened the car door. I asked him what he wanted but he looked out of his mind on drugs and was standing with his hand behind his back. He said ‘get out or I’m going to stab you’.”

Mr Fleming, who is recently married, said “sense prevailed over bravado”.

“I thought I’m getting out because he could quite easily have had a knife. And I was thinking about my family – I’ve only been married a few months and I don’t want to leave my wife a widow within three months of marrying me. It was a no-brainer really.

“I didn’t want to take the chance to find out whether he had a knife or not.”

Mr Fleming said the thief had an Edinburgh accent.

Police recovered the stolen car, a Ford Mondeo, the following night in the Drylaw area.

The thief is described as being white, mid to late 20s, around 5ft 10ins tall with a medium to stocky build and short, light brown, slightly curly hair.

He was wearing a light-blue hooded top, loose-fitting cotton trousers and had a splint on his left index finger.

Detective Constable John McShane said: “Fortunately the victim was not injured during the incident, but was left very shaken at what was a frightening experience.

“We believe there may have been a number of people in the area at the time and 
anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious is asked to contact police immediately.

“In addition, anyone who recognises the description of the suspect or who has 
information relevant to this investigation is asked to get in touch.”

kaye.nicolson@edinburghnews.com