Men jailed for crime spree which started in Ascot
Published: 10 Sep 2013 11:00
Kenneth Romney, aged 42, of Seymour Road, Slough, and Mohammed Hussain, aged 32, of Hanover Way, Windsor, were found guilty of three counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery and one count of making off without payment following a trial at Reading Crown Court.
Romney was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years, while Hussain was sentenced to seven years on Monday.
The pair targeted a 71-year-old man in Ascot as their 90-minute crime spree began.
They drove up to the man, who was walking along Lyndhurst Road, at 6.05am on Saturday February 11.
Romney got out of the car and demanded the man hand over money. The pensioner saw Romney put his hand into his pocket and fearing he may have a weapon decided to run off. The criminals drove off empty-handed.
Four minutes later, Romney and Hussain drove into the Esso garage in High Street, Ascot in a dark grey Lexus. Hussain filled up the car with fuel and then drove off without paying.
The pair later robbed a drawstring bag from a 17-year-old girl in Old Windsor and a 15-year-old girl’s handbag in Datchet.
They finally threatened a 31-year-old woman who was walking along York Road, at the junction with Green Lane. with a screwdriver. They grabbed her Blackberry and a bag before driving off.
Investigating officer Det Con Andy Wroe said: “Romney and Hussain cynically picked out lone young women and an elderly man to rob during a crime spree lasting 90 minutes.
“They terrified their victims into handing over their belongings, using intimidation and threats of violence.
“In the incident involving the 15-year-old girl, they laughed at her from the car as they drove off, showing their utter contempt and extreme callousness.
“I welcome the lengthy prison sentences given to them both which shows how seriously the courts treat offences like this and offenders like them.
“We will not tolerate these types of crimes in the Royal Borough and we remain committed to seeking out offenders and bringing them to justice.”
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