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Convicted robber grabbed and imprisoned woman on Norfolk footpath

PUBLISHED: 14:07 28 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:02 28 September 2018

Police at the scene of the attack on Marriott's Way, Norwich. PHOTO: Antony Kelly

Police at the scene of the attack on Marriott's Way, Norwich. PHOTO: Antony Kelly

Archant Norfolk 2017

A dangerous robber grabbed and falsely imprisoned a woman on a Norwich footpath just a few weeks after being released from prison, a court heard.

Aaron Bidle launched the terrifying attack on the woman in her 20s on Marriott’s Way, Norwich Crown Court was told.

Bidle, 36, of Drayton Road, Norwich, had been released by the Parole Board a month before the attack after serving 11 years for robbery.

He was categorised as a dangerous offender and given an IPP (Imprisonment for Public Protection) for robbery in 2006, which was aimed at protecting the public from serious offenders whose crimes did not merit a life sentence.

Bidle, who has been recalled to prison, was meant to appear for sentence for the Marriott’s Way offence after he admitted a charge of false imprisonment on October 8 last year, and possession of cannabis.

Bidle was originally charged with attempted kidnap.

However the case could not go ahead after his legal team failed to attend the hearing.

Bidle told the judge he wanted to be sentenced but prosecutor Andrew Oliver said before he was sentenced his basis of plea had to be fully resolved as Bidle claimed there was no sexual motive behind his offending.

Mr Oliver said: “These matters, as far as the Crown is concerned, are extremely serious.”

He said on the last occasion a full psychological report was also ordered to further look at the issue of the danger the defendant posed and said that also needed to be in place before any sentencing.

Mr Oliver said that following Bidle’s robbery conviction he had already had been assessed as “dangerous”.

Judge Holt adjourned the case and told Bidle that it was important he was sentenced as soon as possible and said he would be asking for a full explanation from his defence team for the mix-up about the hearing.

He adjourned the matter until Monday October 8.

Offenders, like Bidle, sentenced to an IPP are set a minimum term and after they complete their tariff they can apply to the Parole Board for release.

The Parole Board will release an offender only if satisfied it is no longer necessary for the protection of the public for the offender to be kept in jail.

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