Man jailed after robberies
A man in his 30s from Norwich has today, Wednesday 29 June 2016, been sentenced to six years and six months following a series of daytime robberies.
Peter Louis, aged 38, from Neville Road in Norwich, was charged on Sunday 22 November 2015 and remanded in prison to await his trial.
The case was concluded at Kings Lynn Crown Court on Monday 9 May 2016 with Louis being found guilty of two robberies, theft, being disqualified whilst driving, driving without insurance and possession of a class A drug.
At the trial the jury heard how Louis carried out two robberies on lone female victims, one of whom was elderly, on the same day - Thursday 19 November 2015. The first incident happened on Magdalen Road in Norwich just after 6am. Louis approached the victim, who was at the bus stop, and punched her several times in the head before stealing her handbag. The victim was knocked unconscious and sustained cuts and substantial bruising to her face. The second relates to an incident which happened on Blenheim Close in Norwich at approximately 1.30pm. The victim described how Louis grabbed hold of her handbag before making off with it in a vehicle. She received bruising to the head and sustained a knee injury.
Detective Sergeant Mark Joyce said: "We are very pleased to secure the conviction of this dangerous offender who specifically targeted lone vulnerable females in broad daylight and in very public areas of the city. The outcome of this case will bring reassurance to the community that offences of this nature will be investigated thoroughly. Offenders of such crimes will be found, prosecuted and imprisoned for a significant sentence.”