Man jailed for robbing man of his life savings - Luton

15/09/2017

Luton man Wesley Grinham was jailed for 7 years today, Friday, 15 September 2017, for robbing a man of his £70,000 life savings.

Grinham and an accomplice, who has not been caught, armed themselves with a baseball bat and a hammer to attack the victim in his car.

Prosecutor Edward Lewis told Luton Crown Court that as they robbed the victim there was a "skirmish" and he suffered a cut lip and a cut to his hand.

Grinham, aged 31, of Whipperley Way, Luton was convicted of robbing the man in March last year after a trial at Luton Crown Court. He was also found guilty of two charges of having an offensive weapon. He had told the jury he was not present when the robbery took place in March last year.

But Charles Judge, defending, said Grinham now accepts his involvement. "He knows he should have admitted his guilt. There was an element of panic. He has accepted what he did," he said. Mr Judge said he was taking drugs at the time and was acting under duress.

Jailing him, Judge Richard Foster, said: "Foolish as it was for him to have that amount of cash in his car there is no excuse for what the two of you did. You knew about the money in the car and were armed with a baseball bat and hammer. You robbed him of his life savings. You were wrapped up in drugs world, but duress provides little mitigation. Fortunately the victim suffered minimal injuries."

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