Man who robbed 12 businesses sentenced to 14 years imprisonment

19/11/2014

Michael Ebanks, 50, was sentenced today at Inner London Crown Court to 14 years imprisonment with an extended sentence of four years for 12 robberies and attempted robberies, seven of which involved the use of a knife. The robberies and attempts took place in the areas of Dulwich, Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Covent Garden and Mayfair.

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "Michael Ebanks is a dangerous man and prolific offender who has a number of similar previous convictions and was on licence at the time of these offences.

"Ebanks robbed or attempted to rob 12 small businesses over a period of three months from April to June this year.

"He targeted these businesses when they were at their most vulnerable, waiting until only one or two female members of staff were present before he entered the store.

"He threatened the women with violence and in seven of these cases made those threats with a knife. This must have been a terrifying ordeal for the women working in these premises.

"Today Ebanks has been brought to justice for his crimes. CPS London is committed to tackling violent crime to help make the capital a safer place for everyone."

Background

Ebanks pleaded guilty to nine counts of robbery, three counts of attempting to rob and seven counts of having an article with a blade or point.
He was sentenced to a total of 14 years imprisonment with an extended licence period of four years.