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Crowbar thugs sent to jail for £20 theft
9:40am Monday 4th November 2013 in News
A FORMER chef at the King's Head pub in Upton has been sent to prison after a university student was mugged late at night.
Sam Knott, aged 34, of Shrubbery Street, Worcester, was sentenced to two-and-ahalf years in prison after pleading guilty on the day of the trial and Brett Gilham, aged 26, of Cranham Drive, Worcester, was sentenced to three years after being convicted of robbery.
The two men mugged the student late at night in Worcester city centre while armed with a crowbar.
Judge Michael Cullum said the pair, who had been drinking, had seen student Jamie Gordon as “easy pickings”
when they saw him walking home near the Hive library after finishing work at an Italian restaurant. Jailing the pair, the judge said that while the crime could be seen as “impulsive”, it should be made known that any robbery on a vulnerable person walking at night in the city would result in imprisonment. Prosecutor Harold Ewing said Mr Gordon was walking back to his home in the city at 12.45am on Sunday, April 28, when he was approached by two men in an alleyway leading to steps to the Hive library.
One asked if he wanted to buy drugs, he said, and when he declined, he was asked for £20 and one of the men produced a crowbar from under his jacket.
Mr Gordon handed over two £20 notes but, the court heard, was given one back.
This note was found by police when they arrested one of the men and it contained Mr Gordon’s fingerprints.
Knott pleaded guilty on the basis that he had no clear recollection of the offence because of the quantity of alcohol he had drunk.
His counsel, Andrew Davidson, submitted that he was hard-working and had been a full-time chef at the King's Head, Upton.
Minimal force had been used and the unusual feature was the return of a £20 note, the court heard.
Knott was separated from his partner but it was an amicable relationship and he was able to see his four-yearold son regularly.
Belinda Ariss, for Gilham, who had 26 previous convictions, said he now realised how the victim felt after being subjected to a wholly unpleasant experience.
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