Robber who used stolen mobile phone to call police is jailed - Luton

23/07/2013

An armed robber used his victim's phone to tell the police to come and arrest him.

Kyle Roworth, 26, had taken the mobile from a man in Stockingstone Road in Luton and then stole a small bottle of vodka from a nearby shop.

When arrested Roworth, who is trying to tackle an alcohol addiction, told officer he is a "horrible person" when he has been drinking, Luton Crown Court heard today, Tuesday, 23 July 2013.

Prosecutor Simon Sterling said that at ten to nine in the evening Roworth called the police for the first time saying he had: "two big blades and was ready to hurt someone."

He approached Matthew Crilly, who was making his way to a takeaway on Stockingstone Road, and asked him the time. He produced two bread knives and moved towards Mr Crilly's face saying: "Give me your phone or I will hurt you."

Mr Sterling said: "Mr Crilly was extremely scared and handed over his phone. Roworth told him to run and pointed a knife in the direction he wanted him to go." He went to his partner's home in Talbot Road and her mother called the police.

Roworth went on to the Hitchin Road stores, where he asked for a small bottle of vodka. He was told the price was £3.99 and pulled out the knives from his waistband saying he would pay for it later.

After leaving the shop he used Mr Crilly's phone to call the police again saying he had robbed the shop and a man of his phone. He said he had two blades with him and wanted to be arrested.

When the police arrived they saw Roworth take a long drink from the vodka bottle. He was told to put the knives down. When he did not an officer pointed a Taser at him. After being told to drop the knives for a second time he did and was arrested.

Mr Sterling said that at the police station he showed "genuine remorse." Rowarth said he was a recovering alcoholic who had stopped drinking for 9 months, but had lost control and begun again. "He was a 'horrible person' when he drank. He said he wanted help and that's why he rang the police. He asked them to pass on his regrets and to apologise to Mr Crilly."

Roworth, of no fixed address, but who was living in Luton, pleaded guilty to two charges of robbery and one of having a blade on the evening of 05 May this year. He had 6 convictions for 7 offences.

Defence barrister Barnaby Jameson said: "It is an unusual matter. He contacted the police because he was seeking help. He had been drink free for a number of months and just before this happened on 05 May he was drinking again.

"He feels ashamed and had not intended to hurt his victims. He was first convicted when he was 23 - only three years ago. The problem is his addiction to alcohol. He started drinking when he was 15 and has been an inpatient in hospital.

"In custody he had been on the alcohol detoxification wing and he has not sought to make excuses for his behaviour."

Judge Stuart Bridge jailed him for 40 months saying: "A prison sentence must be immediate. The aggravating factor is that you committed the offences under the influence of alcohol and that the two victims of the robberies were targeted.

"Drink is the bane of your life and you are taking steps to deal with it."

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