Robber's actions ‘too serious’ not to mean jail

Judge Patrick Eccles

Judge Patrick Eccles

First published in Oxford Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter. Call me on (01865) 425373

A ROBBER who attacked two young women to get a handbag late at night has been jailed for 10 months.

Mohammed Ali, 27, asked his two victims for the time before following them down Iffley Road and then grabbing one of their bags during the February robbery.

Ali, formerly of Burchester Avenue in Barton, admitted robbery and assault at a hearing last month and was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday.

Prosecutor William Eaglestone said victim Jessica Martin-Beaumont fell to the floor during the struggle and her friend Fiona Curtis twisted her ankle when she was pushed over by Ali as she tried to intervene.

But he said Ali had stayed near the scene until police arrived and the bag and its contents were all recovered.

He said aggravating features were the fact that the crime was committed late at night, and added: “These were two young women on their own.”

Tim Boswell, defending, said Ali had been drunk during the attack and had since stopped drinking and moved to Bristol to get away from his past.

He said he was volunteering in Bristol, where he used his ability to speak Somalian and Italian to help people.

And he urged Judge Patrick Eccles not to send Ali to jail, adding: “It seems to have been an opportunistic, impulsive action down to drink.”

But Judge Eccles, sentencing, said it was too serious a crime for Ali not to go to prison.

He said: “It was a plainly opportunistic robbery and whatever your thinking was at the time, it is a fact that you stayed at the scene and did not run away as you could have done.”

 

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Our top stories

The £1.6bn investment that ‘would keep us at the global cutting edge’

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Thursday 2nd July 2015

AMBITIOUS proposals for £1.6bn of transport and development schemes in Oxfordshire have been unveiled by a partnership of businesses, universities and councils.

Have you seen missing Stephen Gray from Abingdon?

Oxford Mail:

10:59am Thursday 2nd July 2015

A MAN from Abingdon has gone missing.

Thunder, lightning and hail predicted for Oxfordshire on Friday

Oxford Mail: After the heatwave comes the thunderstorms: 'Yellow Alert' as heavy rain forecast

10:50am Thursday 2nd July 2015

THE glorious weather will come to an abrupt end as thunderstorms and heavy rain were forecast for tomorrow.

It’s hotter than Rio as Oxfordshire sweats it out in a sizzling 31C

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 2nd July 2015

THE county sizzled in the sweltering heat yesterday, but experts have warned that the good weather may not last long.

Man sectioned for kitchen knife attack on father

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

9:00am Thursday 2nd July 2015

A FATHER whose mentally ill son tried to stab him to death has said he bears no ill will towards his attacker.

Regiment leaves Germany for new county home

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 2nd July 2015

A REGIMENT based in Germany has said farewell to its barracks as it begins the move to Bicester.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree