Jail for robber who threatened passenger
PUBLISHED: 12:20 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 09:32 12 August 2010
A robber who was snared after leaving his fingerprint on a rail timetable has been jailed for two years. Frederick Freeman-Roach, 25, of Weighton Road, Penge, threatened a passenger that he would bash his face in if he did not hand over money.
A robber who was snared after leaving his fingerprint on a rail timetable has been jailed for two years.
Frederick Freeman-Roach, 25, of Weighton Road, Penge, threatened a passenger that he would "bash his face in" if he did not hand over money.
But the robber was jailed at Croydon Crown Court on Monday after he was arrested when his prints were found on a timetable following the theft on June 13 last year. At an earlier hearing, Jaquie Kaur, prosecuting, said James Crossland, 68, was travelling on a train from Sevenoaks to Bromley South which was fairly empty. Freeman-Roach sat near him and threatened: "Hand over your money or do you want your face bashed in?" Mr Crossland tried to escape but his way was blocked and Freeman-Roach snatched a wallet from his pocket. He took £50 from it just as the train was nearing the station.
Mr Crossland got off and immediately told rail staff. Freeman-Roach was arrested after his prints were found on a timetable belonging to Mr Crossland which had been handled by the robber.
His criminal record includes two other robberies for which he had been jailed in 2006 and 2009.
Defending, Rish Nathwani said the offences were linked to drink and drug abuse. Mr Recorder Heathcote Williams told Freeman-Roach that he had robbed a vulnerable person in an isolated situation.
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