Robber jailed for 10 years - Milton Keynes


A Milton Keynes man has been imprisoned for 10 years for three robbery offences he committed in Milton Keynes.

Reece Twena, aged 19, from Granby Court, Granby, pleaded guilty on Thursday, 13 December 2012, at Aylesbury Crown Court to two counts of robbery, and one count of attempted robbery, and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

The first robbery happened on a bus travelling through Coffee Hall towards Oldbrook at 3.45pm on Monday, 12 November. Twena got on the bus and sat directly behind a 17-year-old boy. He typed a message on his own phone that read "give me your phone before you get off the bus or you will be stabbed" and handed it to the victim, who gave it back. Twena then repeated his threat verbally and the victim handed over the phone.

In the second incident of attempted robbery at 8.20am on Monday, 03 December, Twena approached a 21-year-old man as he walked down the V4 Watling Street, Bletchley, and demanded his phone. The victim tried to fight back and hit Twena, who then stabbed him twice in the stomach. Nothing was stolen in the incident, however the victim sustained a broken rib and damage to his intestine which required surgery.

Twena committed a third robbery at 3pm on Tuesday, 04 December, again on a bus, which was travelling from Central Milton Keynes. As the bus neared Peartree Bridge, Twena demanded the phone belonging to a 19-year-old man, before trying to stab him with a knife in the leg and torso. The victim sustained a small cut to his leg.

Twena stole two mobile phones from the victim, however he was then restrained by members of the public and dropped one. He then broke free and got off the bus with one of the phones.

Officers arrested Twena and he was subsequently charged on 06 December with the three offences, before pleading guilty at court.