Saturday, 10 October 2015

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Robber jailed for mugging Carlisle woman loses appeal

A robber who mugged a Carlisle woman on a darkened city street has been told by top judges his jail term was not a day too long.

Kamil Edward Jablonski, 34, sprang upon the woman in Portland Square as she made her way home from work and wrestled her handbag away from her before fleeing into the night. Jablonski, of no fixed abode, was jailed for two years at Carlisle Crown Court last November, having pleaded guilty to robbery.

He asked Lord Justice Elias, Mr Justice Cranston and Mr Justice Nicol, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, to reduce his sentence arguing he had been treated too harshly.

The court heard that Miss Roy was heading for her car at about 7pm on October 7 last year when Jablonski, who was “crouched” in wait for a victim by the side of the footpath, “sprang up and grabbed her handbag.”

After a brief “tussle”, Jablonski, who the court heard has previous convictions for robbery and violent offences in his homeland, ran off with his plunder but was apprehended shortly afterwards.

He admitted his guilt and assisted police in recovering the stolen bag. These actions ought to have led to him getting a lesser sentence than he did, his lawyers argued. But, dismissing his appeal, Mr Justice Nicol said the victim was “scared” by what happened and had been terrified she would be attacked in her own home as a result of the mugger having access to the contents of her bag.

“Some judges may have imposed a somewhat lower sentence, but it cannot be arguably said that this sentence in the circumstances of this case, given in particular his previous convictions, was manifestly excessive,” the judge said.


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