Brent Caley jailed for robbing shopper in Immingham street
STREET robber Brent Caley repeatedly punched a terrified victim after grabbing him by the throat and shoving him up against windows, a court heard.
He had also made a thorough nuisance of himself by causing serious problems for local businesses, the court was told.
Caley, 29, of Humberston House, Immingham, admitted robbery and possessing amphetamine on August 25.
Mark Kendall, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that robbery victim Mark Haywood was in Immingham shopping and visiting a friend when he felt someone trying to unzip his tracksuit pocket.
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Caley asked him what he had in his pocket and shook his other pocket, containing money.
He grabbed Mr Haywood by the throat, pushed him up against windows and, while holding him by the throat, punched him in the face four or five times with his other hand.
He unzipped his pocket and stole £11.17 before walking off. Mr Haywood suffered a cut and two scratches and was left distressed by the incident. He later burst into tears.
Caley later went to Mr Haywood's home and said: "I'm sorry. Don't press charges."
He dropped money through the letter box in repayment and promised to return with more.
Caley also admitted stealing packs of meat, valued at £50.98, from Sainsbury's in Immingham on August 19 and asked for an offence of stealing ten jars of coffee, valued at £57.80, from the same store on July 30 to be considered.
Craig Lowe, mitigating, said it was an unplanned, opportunist robbery and Caley had voluntarily returned some of the stolen money.
He had shown remorse and had no convictions for violence among his previous 34 offences, which were mainly for dishonesty.
Judge Kate Buckingham told Caley: "That was a very nasty, distressing and upsetting incident for the complainant. The offence must have been very frightening for him."
Caley was jailed for three years.
He was given a five-year antisocial behaviour order, banning him from entering four Immingham premises:
Sainsbury's in Pelham Road.
Poundstretcher, in Kennedy Way.
The Factory Shop, in Washdyke Lane.
Manby Service Station.