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Man jailed for Warrington robberies

11/03/2011

Car jacker jailed

A Warrington man has been convicted of two robberies committed in the space of a fortnight - including one where he 'car jacked' a VW Golf as the driver was parked in a Birchwood shopping centre.

Jason Jones, 27, approached the victim, who was sitting in the driver's seat of the car, and initially spoke to her on the pretence that he had lost his children.

Without warning he lunged through the window, grabbed the car keys from the ignition and shouted at the woman to get out.

In the struggle he managed to force the woman out of the car and leapt into the driver's seat. The woman grabbed him through the open driver's side window and was hanging half out of the car as Jones reversed at speed and attempted to drive off.

Witnesses then saw Jones stop the car, get out and run off, leaving the victim shocked and distressed.

Two weeks later, he stole a handbag from an elderly woman outside Culcheth Medical Centre. The victim was returning to her car when she was approached by Jones who grabbed her handbag. She attempted to hold onto it, but released her grip when she thought Jones had a weapon.

Forensic experts took DNA samples from the fingernails of the first victim and from the stolen handbag, which was recovered from a garden just 50 yards from the scene of the second robbery. After testing, this DNA was proven to be Jones's.

Jane Large, Senior Crown Prosecutor for Cheshire CPS, said: "In the first robbery, Jones reversed at speed with the victim still hanging out of the car. This was extremely dangerous and put her and others at substantial risk.

"The second victim was extremely frightened by Jones's attack and is still traumatised by the incident."

He was sentenced at Warrington Crown Court. to three years in prison for each robbery, to run concurrently. He was also sentenced for a separate offence and received a further three years and four months to run consecutively. In total he received six years and four months in prison.


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For more information contact Sharon King, Group Communications Manager, CPS Mersey-Cheshire on 0151 239 6465.