Robber jailed for 22 months - St Albans

31/10/2013

A Hatfield robber who had been released from prison on licence lost his liberty for just a couple of cigarettes.

Bradley Evans, 22, was serving four years for the robbery of a taxi driver when he was let out early in July last year.  But after being free for just two months he robbed a man who had just left the Forum nightclub in Hatfield.

Prosecutor Neil King told St Albans Crown Court today, Thursday, 31 October 2013, that Imran Hussain and another man came out of the club at around twenty past three in the morning. They were approached by Evans and another man, who asked for a light. When Mr Hussain obliged Evans himself asked for a spare cigarette.

Mr Hussain walked off,  but Evans grabbed him around the neck and got him in a headlock. The other man is said to have then stolen the distinctive packet of Marlboro Golds from his pocket. The packet was found discarded by Evans who was soon arrested, said the barrister.

Evans of Far End, Hatfield pleaded guilty to robbery early on 22 September last year. He had been jailed for 4 years on 10 January 2011, for the robbery of a taxi driver.

Benjamin Walker-Nolan, defending, said Evans had been recalled to prison after his arrest. He pleaded guilty last December, but sentence had been adjourned, because of the prosecution of a co-defendant.

He said: "To lose his liberty for a couple of cigarettes is madness. It was a cowardly action of bullying and intimidation."

Judge Stephen Warner jailed him for 22 months saying: "It was a thoroughly frightening and distressing experience for the victim."

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