A ROBBER who dragged an 82-year-old man out of a Lowestoft telephone box and punched him up to 20 times in the face in a “savage unprovoked attack” has been jailed for five years.

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The victim, who lives in the Canary Islands but was back in the UK to visit a literary festival, was taken to hospital after the attack and was treated for cuts to his gums and lips and bruising to his face, Ipswich Crown Court heard this week.

Before the court on Monday was Jay Jenkins, 40, of London Road South, Lowestoft who admitted robbery on November 2.

Jailing him for five years, Judge John Devaux said: “One can only imagine the pain and anguish that was inflicted on this elderly man.”

Robert Sadd, prosecuting, said the victim of the robbery had been in a telephone kiosk on the seafront in Lowestoft about 9.30pm when Jenkins entered the kiosk and searched him by “patting him down”.

The victim had told him to stop but Jenkins had grabbed hold of him and there was a scuffle during which Jenkins repeatedly punched the man in the face.

Outside the telephone box the man fell to the ground and Jenkins was seen to punch him up to 20 more times as he lay defenceless on the ground, said Mr Sadd.

Jenkins had then made off with the victim’s watch, glasses case and £5 cash.

Ian James, for Jenkins, said his client had a long list of previous convictions.

“He would be the first to accept that there is little that can be said here,” said Mr James.

Speaking after the case, Det Insp Darrell Skuse said: “This was a savage unprovoked attack on an 82-year-old man who was just visiting Lowestoft, staying in a guest house on the seafront.

“He had gone out to make a call to a friend and was in one of the kiosks near the Esplanade and Royal Green when he became aware of a man outside. The victim thought it was odd but believed the man was just waiting for him to finish with the phone. As the 82-year-old opened the door Jenkins came at him and started to pat him down, shouting at him.

“Police were initially alerted just before 9.40pm on Friday, November 2 by a witness who reported a man had been assaulted and robbed. Officers immediately attended and found the 82-year-old with a swollen and cut face. He was bleeding from his mouth, was very shaken and his glasses had been bent and damaged in the assault. An ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital.

“Police got a description of the offender, spoke to witnesses at the scene and began a search for the man responsible. About 10.20pm officers stopped Jenkins in London Road South, after noticing him acting suspiciously, and he was arrested on suspicion of the robbery,” Det Insp Skuse said.

“Jenkins initially denied the offence but officers found the glasses case at his address and forensics came back showing the victim’s blood was on clothing seized from him when he was arrested.

“I would like to thank the officers that dealt with this case – those that initially attended, took statements and arrested Jenkins, and the detectives and crime scene investigators that secured further evidence to ensure he could be charged.

“While the sentence was never going to be long enough for those who dealt with the victim we are pleased Jenkins has been jailed,” Det Insp Skuse added.

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