Man jailed for robbing two students in Bournemouth

20 March 2017
A man who threatened two students with a hypodermic needle and robbed them has been jailed for three years.

Joseph Bryne Bailey, 36 and of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 17 March 2017 after pleading guilty at the same court on Thursday 16 February 2017 to two counts of robbery.

He was also sentenced for two shoplifting crimes and two counts of possession of Class A drugs. He was handed a four-week concurrent prison term for each offence.

The court heard that at around 2.50am on Friday 19 August 2016 Bailey walked into Bournemouth Gardens to meet an unknown man.

Bailey put a balaclava over his head and face while his accomplice pulled the hood of his top tightly around his face.

The pair approached two students – a 17-year-old girl from Italy and a 19-year-old man from Saudi Arabia – who were sitting on the ground by a kiosk in the gardens.

Bailey pointed a hypodermic needle at his victims and demanded money,  the court was told. The male victim said he did not have any money so the unknown man snatched his mobile phone. At the same time Bailey snatched a handbag from the teenage girl. It contained her purse and house keys.

Bailey then punched the man in the face before he and his accomplice ran off toward Westover Road.

The court heard that Bailey was arrested at 8.40pm the same day and questioned. He was released on police bail but failed to attend so was arrested on Tuesday 17 January 2017 and charged the same day.

A 32-year-old man from New Milton was also arrested in connection with the incident but was subsequently released without charge. 

Detective Constable Neil Jones, of Bournemouth CID, said: “Joseph Bailey targeted his victims in a bid to gain some cash and subjected them to what would have been a very frightening ordeal.

“Dorset Police has a zero tolerance for anyone involved in robbery offences in the county. All such crimes will be investigated thoroughly by officers and offenders brought to justice.”

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