Man jailed for knifepoint robbery - Berkhamsted


Ryan King was jailed for 21 months today, Thursday, 9 March 2017, for the knifepoint robbery of a man, who had just got off a train at Berkhamsted.

King, now aged 21, who was with at least one other youth, confronted the man as he walked past the Esso petrol station at 11.30 at night.

Prosecutor Wayne Cleaver told St Albans Crown Court that a knife was produced and the victim handed over his wallet. The robbers went off, but one returned shortly after and said he wanted more, forcing the man to hand over £7 in loose change. His wallet was returned to him, minus a Barclays Bank card.

The police were called and a dog tracked the scent of the robbers to a nearby address. King was arrested outside and the victim later picked him out at an identification parade.

King, of Northridge Way, Hemel, appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to robbing the man on the night of 6 February 2015. He had two previous convictions for robbery.

Defending, Andrew Kerr said King was only 19 at the time of the offence and had never been to custody.  He said he had a troubled childhood and had been diagnosed with ADHD and, recently, epilepsy.

Jailing him, Judge John Plumstead said it was a serious robbery, because the victim was in fear by the production of a knife. He told King: "This will be your first spell inside. The first time is hardest for you and your family. I hope this will be the last."

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