Railway station robber jailed - Hertford

09/08/2017

A knife-point robber, who held up four men in an alleyway near Hertford railway station, received an extended sentence of 100 months today, Wednesday, 9 August 2017.

Daniel Keem, aged 22, was given a jail sentence of 64 months and will remain on licence for a further 3 years after his release.

Recorder Patrick Fields said he was passing the extended sentence against Keem, who had previous convictions, because he regarded him as a dangerous offender.

Prosecutor Philip Misner told St Albans Crown Court that four friends were heading home from the station at half past two in the morning on 26 June last year. They stopped in an alley near the station for a cigarette and were confronted by Keem and a group of about 15 others. Keem, who was armed with a knife, swigged from a bottle, saying: "I need a drink before I do this." He then robbed each of the victims, telling each one to run off before he turned to the next. One man was robbed of a watch, cash and tobacco, another cash and a driving licence, the third lost a phone charger and £2 and the fourth victim £30 cash and a gold necklace, which was of sentimental value. He told them not to report the robberies saying: "I know where some of you live." Some of the men he was with kicked the victims and punched them to the ground.

Keem, of no fixed address, but previously of Longwood Road, Hertford, appeared for sentence over a video link from Bedford prison. He had admitted four robberies and one offence of having a bladed article.

In 2014 he was sentenced to 21 months for a homophobic attack on a man in Hertford. This January he was convicted of racially aggravated disorderly conduct and received a community penalty.

Defending, Monica Stevenson said Keem is still young, being only 20 at the time of the robberies. "He is on the cusp of adult life. The longest sentence he has received to date has been 21 months. He has been missing structure in his life and has been living with friends rather than family."

Jailing him, Recorder Fields said: "Offences like these have a devastating effect on the lives of the victims."

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