Man sent to jail after two violent robberies

Man sent to jail after two violent robberies

Man sent to jail after two violent robberies

First published in Worcester

A MAN involved in two Worcester robberies within a week – one at knifepoint – has been jailed.

Wesley Lindley was one of two men who carried out the night-time attacks in Rainbow Hill last January.

Oliver Woolhouse, prosecuting, told Hereford Crown Court how victim Benjamin Williams was on his way to Worcester Shrub Hill station on January 22 when he was attacked by 22-year-old Lindley and an accomplice.

He said Mr Williams had the hood of his top pulled over his face before “feeling blows to his head”.

Looking up at his two attackers, Mr Williams said he saw Lindley standing over him with his fists raised while the other man produced a knife and told him to hand over his phone.

Lindley then tried to punch the victim before making him hand over his £8 train fare before fleeing.

Six days later the pair stopped an unnamed cyclist on Rainbow Hill. Lindley placed him in a headlock, demanding his phone and wallet. The cyclist’s phone fell out and was grabbed before Lindley asked for his wallet but this wasn’t handed over. He was then released but not before the defendant threw a couple of punches at him.

Lindley was caught trying to sell one of the mobile phones at a cash exchange shop in the city.

Mr Woolhouse said the accomplice came before the courts last year but his case “came to nought” as no evidence was offered.

Lindley, now 23, whose address was given as HMP Hewell in Redditch, but was previously of Droitwich, admitted two charges of robbery.

Paul Stanley, defending, said the attacks were drug and alcohol motivated and committed “during a low point in his life”.

He has since written to the injured parties.

The court also heard his partner is due to give birth in May.

Recorder Adrienne Lucking told him she understands how disgusted he is with himself but said Mr Williams must have been “absolutely terrified”.

She sentenced him to two years, eight months in prison for each offence, to run concurrently.

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