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Man sent to jail for three years and seven months for robbery – Reading

Alert message sent 03/10/2016 08:35:00

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Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a man has been sent to jail for three years and seven months for a robbery in Reading.

Leon Stoute, aged 33, of Granville Road, Reading, was given a three years and seven months jail sentence at Reading Crown Court on 30/9, after pleading guilty to one count of robbery at the same hearing.

The victim, a 69-year-old woman, withdrew cash from the cashpoint at the Esso Tesco petrol station in Bath Road at about 9.30am on 1 March this year.

Stoute was standing next to the victim as she withdrew the cash and he then followed her as she walked away from the petrol station.

Stoute followed the victim for about 200m before pushing her from behind, causing her to fall over.

He then took £200 from her purse and fled the scene.

Investigating officer, Det Con Neil Callaway of Local CID based at Reading police station, said: “This crime was a terrifying ordeal for the victim, who was attacked in broad daylight. She sustained cuts and bruises to her face, hands and knees, and has been in pain ever since the attack, which has meant she has had to reduce her hours at work.

“Stoute deliberately targeted a vulnerable, elderly lady as his victim and followed her from the cashpoint, but thanks to good detective work he was identified and arrested just two days after the robbery.

“I am pleased with the sentence as it means Stoute will rightly remain behind bars for some time to come. I hope this brings some comfort to the victim who has been very brave throughout the court process.”

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Liz Herbert (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Reading LPA)
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