Robber jailed for stealing from blind man - Luton

05/06/2017

A robber, who stole £200 from a blind man in Luton, was jailed for 4 and a half years today, Monday, 5 June 2017.

Aaron Lincoln, aged 29, travelled to Marsh Road with the victim and waited on a bench for him outside Barclays Bank. When the man came out, he snatched the £200 he had withdrawn, Luton Crown Court was told.

Prosecutor Richard Sedgwick said the victim was a chronic alcoholic, who was registered blind and had other physical difficulties.

Lincoln and a woman friend, who was known to the victim, went to his flat at 8.15 in the morning on 17 November last year. Inside the flat, the woman grabbed the victim's throat and searched his pockets. When the victim said he had no money, he and Lincoln were driven by a neighbour to Marsh Road. Mr Sedgwick said the man only intended to give Lincoln £20, but he snatched all the cash.

Lincoln, of Locarno Avenue, Luton, pleaded guilty to robbery today on the day his case was listed for a trial.

Defending, John Livingstone said: "At the time, he was a Class A drug addict. He had been in custody for 6 months and is not on drugs any more."

Jailing him, Judge Richard Foster said: "This was a mean, nasty robbery. You knew he was blind and had health problems and planned to rob him to feed your addiction. You targeted this vulnerable individual." In addition to the custodial sentence, the Judge also made Lincoln the subject of a 5-year Restraining Order banning him from contacting the victim.

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