Man jailed after assaulting and robbing hospital cleaner - Luton

08/11/2013

A robber who attacked a 62 year old lady as she arrived to start her cleaning shift at Bedford Hospital at 6 am, then snatched her handbag, has been jailed for four years.

Ryan Massey had been prowling the hospital corridors before the assault, during which he punched the terrified victim several times in the face as she lay on the ground.

Luton Crown Court heard that 21 year old Massey had robbed before, and Judge David Farrell QC branded him as dangerous. As a result he will be on licence for a longer period when he is released.

Homeless Massey, who was so drunk at the time that he has no memory of the crime, pleaded guilty to robbery.

Prosecutor, Daniel Siong told the court on Friday, 08 November 2013, that the cleaner arrived for her early shift on 02 July  this year and was about to swipe her clocking in card when she was confronted by Massey.

At first she thought he was going to sexually assault her, but he swung her around until she fell then punched her in the face. When she screamed he covered her mouth and told her to be quiet, before punching her again.

Then he grabbed her bag and fled but was caught by porters and security staff who chased after him into Britannia Road.

The bag was recovered, but he denied he had assaulted anyone and said he had needed money for food.

The victim later said she had been angry and scared and believed she was going to die.

Derek Johashen, defending said: "No one can deny this is an appalling offence, and he wants to say sorry for that.

"He told me he knew he was going to prison for a long time but he wants to sort his life out. He has had very real problems in his life."

Judge Farrell told Massey: "You were seen on CCTV loitering and had been looking out for someone. You picked a 62 year old woman who was no match for you.

"This demonstrates an escalation in your offending and I believe there is a significant risk to members of the public from you committing further offences."

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