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Orpington man jailed after knife-point robberies across south east London

PUBLISHED: 14:00 18 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:00 18 June 2013

An Orpington man has been jailed for three years after a series of knife-point robberies across south east London.

John Mogan, 23, of Chipperfield Road, pleaded guilty to theft and robbery at an earlier hearing and was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on June 7.

The court heard how in November Mogan sat down next to a man on a train close to Plumstead station. As it pulled into the platform, he held a knife to the victim’s leg and violently demanded his phone before running from the station.

A month later he stole another passenger’s phone whilst threatening them with a knife as the train approached Woolwich Dockyard.

He committed a similar crime two days later in Abbey Wood, before his final robbery on board a train heading to Greenwich station.

He struck up a conversation with a man using an iPad before offering to swap his expensive trainers for the gadget. When the victim refused, Mogan produced a hammer and threatened the victim before fleeing with the iPad.

Det Con Mark Agrippa, of the British Transport Police, said: “These were extremely violent attacks that left the victims understandably shaken by what took place.

“I hope the three-year sentence Mogan received gives him a chance to think about the distress he caused to the people involved.”

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