Man jailed for robberies - Ware

29/09/2017

A robber, who jumped in the river to get away from the police, was jailed for 4 years 3 months today, Friday, 29 September 2017.

On 2 September last year, Danny Williams, aged 23, was wearing a hoodie, and was with two others, when he confronted a group of teenagers by a bench on the towpath at Ware. He attacked a 19-year-old who managed to run off, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Williams then demanded bags from two 15-year-old boys. He used a knife to cut the bags' straps before making off with them.

Williams was convicted of two robberies, assault with intent to rob, and possession of a bladed article.

Williams of Potters Field, Harlow was in breach of 15 month sentence suspended for 18 months on 17 August 2016, given to him at Chelmsford Crown Court for the ill treatment of a child.

Prosecutor Richard Sedgwick said he was also in breach of the suspended sentence for failing to attend probation appointments.

In a victim personal statement, one of the 15-year-old boys said he was now scared when he went out. He said he did not know if someone would 'jump him' or come out looking for him.

Michael Stradling, defending, said it was Williams' first robbery conviction and the first time he would receive a custodial sentence. He said it was plain that cannabis has played a part in the case.

In an letter read to the court, Williams apologised and asked for a lenient sentence. He said: "You will not see me in court again. I will get help for my mental health and will never be back before a Judge."

Recorder Patrick Vincent said he accepted there had been no planning and did not use the knife to inflict violence, but he said his mitigation was limited because he had taken the case to trial.

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