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News | Ashford robber jailed for five years

Date Posted: 16th March 2017

An Ashford man who beat and robbed two people whom he knew to be vulnerable has been jailed for five years.

Peter Willmott, 33, of Speldhurst Close, Ashford, visited the property where the man and woman lived on two separate occasions in October and November 2016, where he assaulted and threatened them.

They reported the incidents to police who caught Willmott hiding beneath a sofa at his home address, which is where he later claimed he always slept.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Tuesday 14th March 2017.

The court heard how on Friday 21st October Willmott attended his victims' home in the Jemmett Road area of Ashford, where he punched the woman in the head and snatched her mobile telephone.

He returned to the address at about 5.45am on Sunday 13th November when he assaulted the man and demanded he hand over his money. The man was then forced to withdraw £300 from a nearby cash machine, which Willmott took home with him and which was later found in his possession during a search in police custody.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Jacqueline Mennie said: ‘Peter Willmott took advantage of two vulnerable people and bullied them both into giving him property. He then told lies about how he came to be in possession of the £300, which demonstrates his inability to accept responsibility for his actions. I am pleased he has received a lengthy custodial sentence and can no longer cause harm to the victims in this case or indeed anyone else.'

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