Street robber targeted vulnerable
Justin Campling, 36, who had only just been released from prison, grabbed the bags of his victims, who were usually elderly, as he rode by on a bike and then escaped with their cash and personal belongings including bank cards, Norwich Crown Court heard.
He also snatched a handbag from a back seat of a car being driven by a 71 year old pensioner and made off with her bag on his bike.
Richard White, prosecuting, said that most of the offences took place in the Bowthorpe area, where Campling had been staying with his mother and in impact statements his victims spoke about how the robberies had left them feeling low, vulnerable and shaken.
One victim also told how the robbery had left her with cash flow problems as she had no bank cards to get any money out of her account and had to wait until they were replaced and it had also knocked her confidence about going out on her own.
Campling, of no fixed address admitted two counts of robbery on March 19 and 20 this year . He asked for a further robbery and theft offence to be taken into consideration.,
Mr White said that Campling carried out the first robbery just days after he had been released from prison when he cycled past a 72 year old woman in Grove Avenue and grabbed her bag containing cash and bank cards.
A few days later on March 19 he stole the bag of a 65 year old woman as she walked near Wendene in Bowthorpe at about 9.50 in the morning.
“She heard a noise of a bike approaching her from behind and saw the defendant.”
He said that Campling had indicated for her to go ahead of him but then he had rode past her grabbing her shoulder bag.
He said the bag contained cash and cards and personal items.
The next day at 9am he grabbed the bag of a 56 year old woman as she walked along Boatman Way, in Bowthorpe.
“She felt a push on her shoulder with some force causi timberland shoes ng her to fall to the ground on a muddy grassed area.”
He said that Campling, who again was on a bike, then rode off with her bag containing cash and cards.
He said that the victim said the robbery had left her feeling “low.”
The theft which Campling asked to be taken into consideration involved him stealing a handbag from a back seat of a car being driven by a 72 year old pensioner. Mr White said that Campling had opened the passenger door and grabbed the bag which was on a back seat.
When arrested Campling said he had commi timberland shoes tted the offences to feed his 60 a day heroin habit. He was also picked out on an ID parade by one of his victims.
The court heard that Campling had a number of previous convi timberland shoes ctions including theft and battery on a victim in a wheelchair.
Jailing him for 18 months Judge Stephen Holt told him: “You seem to target elderly or older women who are vulnerable or by themselves.”
He said the effect of the robberies on the victims had been lasting leaving them frightened and said: “It destroys liv timberland shoes es.”
He said that Campling had an appalling record and accepted his offences were committed to feed his drug addiction.
Judge Holt said that if he carried on offending his sentences would get longer and longer and said he should think about his victims view for a change.