Man jailed for Norwich street robbery

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd. Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
4:19 PM

A 21 year-old man who robbed a woman outside a shop on Woodcock Road, in Norwich and stole her phone has been jailed for a total of 16 months.

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A man who pushed a young woman to the ground and stole her mobile phone has been jailed for a total of 16 months.

Ian Barnes followed the woman after she left a shop on Woodcock Road, in Norwich, and as she walked away the victim was pushed to the ground and after briefly grappling with Barnes, he escaped with her Blackberry phone, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Marcus Croskell, prosecuting, said during the robbery the woman had been crying out for help. He said Barnes was later arrested although the phone was never recovered.

Barnes, of Shorncliffe Avenue, Mile Cross, Norwich, admitted robbery and also a burglary in Rye Close, in Norwich, in which a laptop and wallet were stolen while the owner was asleep upstairs in the address.

Barnes, also admitted two thefts.

Jailing him, Judge Peter Jacobs told him: “It was a very unpleasant robbery.”

Jonathan Goodman, for Barnes, said that his offending was to feed his drug habit, but said that while on remand he had been on a detox programme and was making quite good progress.

He said that Barnes wanted to wipe the slate clean and try to make a fresh start.

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