March 13 2014 Latest news:
Christine Cunningham, court reporter
Friday, July 6, 2012
A man who had been out all night celebrating the Queen’s jubilee robbed a 70 year-old pensioner of £150 which he had just withdrawn from a cashpoint in King’s Lynn market place, a court heard.
Aurimas Malakauskas, 24, nudged into the victim as he walked away from the cashpoint and then grabbed his wallet containing the cash and bank cards as well as a photo of his wife, which had special sentimental value.
Stephen Spence, prosecuting at Norwich Crown Court, said that the victim had been using the cashpoint to get £50 cash for himself and had also taken out £100 for an 80 year-old neighbour.
Mr Spence said that the victim contacted police and gave a good description of Malakauskas who was arrested shortly afterwards and the wallet was recovered.
He said that in an impact statement the victim said the robbery had left him “shocked” and he had also received a cut to his hand when his wallet was grabbed.
Malakauskas, of Tennyson Avenue, King’s Lynn, admitted robbery on June 5, this year.
Andrea Clarke, for Malakauskas, said that he had been out all night celebrating the Queen’s jubilee and it had been an opportunistic offence.
She said that Malakauskas was a hard-working young man and said that the robbery had not been targeted.
“Although the victim was elderly it was not as though he was targeted. It would have been the same had it been a younger man.”
Jailing him for six months, Judge Peter Jacobs said it had been an “opportunistic” offence and said the elderly victim had been badly shaken.
“There has to be a custodial sentence here.”