Three men jailed for series of violent robberies - Luton


Three men involved in a series of violent robberies in Luton appeared at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 23 January 2015, and were jailed for a combined total of 22 and a half years.

Philip Stephenson, aged 31, of Brussels Way; Jamie Recardo, aged 24, of Copenhagen Close and Malaki St Juste, aged 19, of Aynsford Road, lured two victims under the pretext of buying cannabis or selling mobile phones and then violently assaulted them.

Another man was viciously assaulted in his own home, which the offenders then ransacked, stealing his savings.

The robberies took place in the car park of The Old Moat House in Luton, and at houses in Russell Rise and Spinney Wood.  The men often used weapons to threaten their victims, including a machete and a knife.

All three men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit three robberies, which were committed over six days in March last year.  Recardo was present at all three, while Stephenson and St Juste both admitted their presence at one of the three.

Stephenson also pleaded guilty to committing a further robbery in September last year, while he was on bail for the other robberies, during which a 'stun gun' was used on the victim.

Stephenson was sentenced to nine years imprisonment with a five year extended licence, due to being considered "dangerous" by judge David Farrell QC.  Recardo was also sentenced to nine years imprisonment, while St Juste was sentenced to four-and-a-half years imprisonment.