Robber jailed within weeks of being charged - Slough


A 21-year-old man from Slough has been jailed for robbery and for perverting the course of justice.

Arjun Bance, of Haymill Road, Slough, was sentenced to a total of two years imprisonment at Reading Crown Court on Monday, 14 May 2012 having only been charged with the two offences 12 days earlier on 2 May.

On 03 April this year, a 14-year-old boy and his friend were cycling together when he stopped to answer a call from his mum. While on the phone, the 14-year-old noticed a man walking along Haymilll Road. At first, the man stopped, before walking towards the pair as they headed down an alleyway in Blumfield Road, Slough. As soon as the 14-year-old victim put his mobile phone back into his pocket, the suspect, later identified as Bance, approached him and asked for his mobile. He told the victim that he would break his jaw if he did not hand it over. The victim gave his phone to Bance, who walked off.

When arrested, Bance told an officer that he took the victim's mobile as he owed him money; however the victim told police they were not known to each other. Bance was subsequently released on police bail pending further inquiries.

While on bail, Bance saw the victim on 08 April and apologised for taking his phone. He then asked the victim if he had taken part in the ID procedure as yet. When the victim replied, "No" Bance then told him that he would buy him a brand new Blackberry phone and give him £100 if he did not go ahead with the ID procedure. Unsure what to do or say, the victim replied saying, "OK" but later informed police and Bance was charged with the robbery and perverting the course of justice.