December 12 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 11, 2013
A convicted robber who threatened a man with a knife if he did not hand over £600 has been jailed for three years and nine months.
Jai Souter, 21, appeared for sentencing at Norwich Crown Court yesterday after earlier pleading guilty to an attempted robbery that took place on July 3.
Prosecutor Nick Methold said Souter confronted a man he knew had already collected £600 in benefits that day from a post office in the town.
He said: “He saw this man again in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth. He grabbed him round the chest and told him to hand over the money. ‘I’ve got a knife,’ he said.
“He swung the man round, threw him to the floor, punched him in the face, and ripped his jacket.
“He attempted to find the £600 on him, but the man shouted for help and members of the public intervened and he ran off without taking the money.”
Souter also earlier pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods - he said in interview he had found a silver dish on a cemetery wall in Yarmouth - and he was handed four months in jail, to run concurrently with the other sentence.
The court heard that Souter, whose address was given as c/o John Boag House in Drayton Road, Norwich, had been convicted many times since 2007. He received three years for robbery two years ago, and was on licence when he committed the new offence.
As he breached his licence he was recalled to prison.
He has 13 convictions from 29 offences including eight offences against the person and three robberies, the court was told.
Ian James, for Souter, said: “From the pre-sentence report it seems that he has been analysing his behaviour since this happened. He has written a short letter to Your Honour. I also have a letter from his mentor in prison to hand in, and from one of his tutors.
“While this was a very unpleasant experience for the victim, he has not written a victim personal statement, and looking at his background - he also has a criminal record - it would not appear to have caused him particular distress.”