Man jailed for robbery and possession of an imitation firearm - Reading

04/08/2014

A man appeared at Reading Crown Court on Friday, 01 August 2014, and was jailed for 18 years for robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

Sandima Koroma, aged 32, of Grovelands Road, Reading, was convicted of the offences by a jury at Reading Crown Court on 30 May 2014.

In the early hours of 16 November last year, Koroma entered a house in Finchampstead by forcing his way through the front door.  He was dressed all in black, wearing a balaclava, and was holding an imitation firearm.

Koroma held the occupants of the house, including young children, at gunpoint and stole a large quantity of jewellery.

Police were called to the scene when one of the children hid in the bathroom and called 999.  Koroma escaped before the police arrived, but was arrested two days later.

Koroma was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for the robbery and eight years imprisonment for the possession of an imitation firearm. These sentences will run concurrently.  Judge Angela Morris said Koroma was dangerous and extended the concurrent sentences to include five years on licence when he is released.

Koroma was also convicted of one count of sexual assault, for which he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years imprisonment. This will run concurrently to the other sentences.  In addition to this he was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register for life.