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Knife hoodie robbed commuters to pay for drug habit

PUBLISHED: 10:25 20 May 2010 | UPDATED: 10:13 12 August 2010

A TEENAGE knife thug, who robbed commuters to pay for his cannabis habit, has been locked up for eight years.  Micardo Pieterse, 19, of no fixed address, terrorised at least 11 passengers in a one-man crime wave that included a violent attack on a train a

A TEENAGE knife thug, who robbed commuters to pay for his cannabis habit, has been locked up for eight years.

Micardo Pieterse, 19, of no fixed address, terrorised at least 11 passengers in a one-man crime wave that included a violent attack on a train as it left Bromley South station.

Southwark Crown Court heard last Thursday Pieterse stole mobile phones, jewellery, cash and credit cards on trains and buses across south-east London to feed his addiction.

Prosecutor Brett Weaver said: "It is a series of targeted attacks and offences against lone passengers on the transport system, some at night and some during the day."

On December 12 last year, wearing a dark grey hooded top, the yob boarded a train from Bromley Station and proceeded to rob two passengers.

He snatched two phones from one victim then made his way into a second carriage where he repeatedly punched Hikmat Adsiz in the face, knocking his glasses to the ground and made off with his iPhone.

Despite fellow passengers rushing to help Mr Adsiz, they were unable to stop Pieterse and he continued the attack before alighting the train.

After a series of attacks in Sydenham and south-east London, the teen was finally arrested on January 4 this year after attacking a 17-year-old rail passenger he had stalked from Victoria to Sydenham Hill.

The victim, attacked as he left the train, ran home and called the police, who later spotted Pieterse and arrested him.

Pieterse, of no fixed address, admitted six robberies and asked for a further five to be taken into consideration against him.

The tearaway, who left home at the age of 16, told police that he had been smoking so much cannabis that he was paranoid, constantly hungry and had drug debts to pay off.

Judge John Price said "What you did in this spate of time was just terrible, these offences are of such a serious nature that only a substantial period of imprisonment is appropriate.

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