Robber who attacked 11 lone women in Newham jailed

|News, Violent crime

A robber who systematically targeted lone women inside their cars in Newham has been jailed for nine years.

David Blyth, 30, singled out women before trying to steal their handbags, phones and cars. He often used a knife to threaten his victims and make them comply.

Blyth approached one woman as she was doing a three-point turn and specifically targeted another who was disabled. He was later arrested with the disabled victim’s Oyster card.

In one robbery Blyth reached into an open car window and threatened to kill his victim if she did not let him into the car. The victim was so terrified that she threw herself out of the moving vehicle as soon as Blyth began driving outside a school in Plaistow. The car was later recovered in Stratford.

During another robbery Blyth got into a vehicle and having flashed a knife at his victim, he made her drive around the area before taking her phone and £15 in cash following a struggle where he strangled her.

In a further robbery where a mother pleaded with Blyth that her 15-month-old baby was in the back of the car, he told her: "Get your f*****g baby then".

Blyth was located by police at his home address after a victim used the 'Find my iPhone' app after she was robbed of her car and handbag.

Today [Monday, 4 March] at Snaresbrook Crown Court Blyth was sentenced to nine years for 11 counts of robbery. He had pleaded guilty to the crimes at an earlier court hearing.

All the offences took place in the daytime in July and August 2018 in the borough of Newham. But when Blyth was confronted about these, he answered: "Why would I s**t on my own doorstep?"

The first of these robberies took place a mere two days after Blyth was released on licence having committed and been sentenced for a similar robbery against a lone woman in a car in 2015.

Paul Jenkins, from the CPS, said: "David Blyth showed a dangerous and identical behavioural pattern by approaching women who were alone while armed with a knife. He then either forced them out of their cars or insisted on being driven around before taking their cars and belongings. In order to avoid being reported he told many of his victims 'I know where you live'. In one robbery he violently kicked his victim and in another he strangled his victim before fleeing.

"The prosecution case included DNA evidence from the recovered cars, CCTV which showed Blyth within the vicinity of many of the crimes and strong witness testimony, including photos of one robbery taking place.

"I hope today’s sentence provides comfort to the victims and provides the public with some reassurance that a criminal targeting women has been taken off our streets."

Notes to editors

  • David Blyth [DOB: 30.12.1988] is from the London borough of Newham
  • Paul Jenkins is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within CPS London North.

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