Two men jailed for robbery series - East Berkshire


Two men appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Monday, 09 September 2013, and were jailed for a combined total of 15 years and six months after carrying out a series of robberies in the East Berkshire area within the space of 90 minutes, targeting lone young women and an elderly man.

Kenneth Romney, aged 42, of Seymour Road, Slough, and Mohammed Hussain, aged 32, of Hanover Way, Windsor, were found guilty of three counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery, and one count of making off without payment following a trial by jury at Reading Crown Court.

Romney was sentenced yesterday to eight years and six months imprisonment, and Hussain was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

The first incident occurred at 6.05am on Saturday, 11 February 2012.  The pair drove up to a 71-year-old man walking along Lyndhurst Road in Ascot, and Romney got out of the car and demanded the man hand over money. The victim saw the offender put his hand into his pocket and fearing he may have a weapon decided to run off, so the offenders drove off empty-handed.

Four minutes later, Romney and Hussain drove into the Esso garage in High Street, Ascot in a dark grey Lexus. Hussain filled up the car with fuel and then drove off without paying.

At about 6.50am the same day, the pair drove up to a 17-year-old girl in Albert Road, Old Windsor. Romney got out of the car and grabbed the girl, produced a weapon and threatened to stab her. He pulled a drawstring bag from her shoulder and the pair drove off.

Ten minutes later, a 15-year-old girl walking along Slough Road in Datchet was targeted by the men. Romney got out of the car and went towards her. When she tried to get away he pulled her handbag from her shoulder and threw it into the back of the car. The pair then drove off.

The final incident was just before 7.30am and involved a 31-year-old woman, who was walking along York Road, at the junction with Green Lane. The pair approached her in the car and Romney got out, threatened her with a screwdriver, and grabbed her BlackBerry phone from out of her hand. He held the screwdriver to her face and demanded she hand over her bag. He then grabbed the bag and the pair drove off.