09 July 2018
A man who assaulted two men after they won thousands of pounds at a Casino in Bournemouth has pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court.
Robert Marc Jones, aged 28 and of Alexandra Road in Poole, has had his sentence deferred until Friday 21 December 2018 after admitting assault with intent to commit robbery and assault by beating.
At around 5.25am on Friday 2 March 2018 Jones’ victims, a local man in his 30s and another in his 50s, were leaving the Genting Casino in Yelverton Road and collected their winnings amounting to between £4,000 and £5,000 on their way out.
The defendant was seen on CCTV walking behind the men, peering over their shoulders and left the premises momentarily before returning and engaging the men in conversation.
He claimed he had no money, despite having just collected £150 of winnings himself. He also claimed to be unable to get home due to the severe snow.
The two victims offered to fund him a room at a nearby hotel before all three left the venue and walked in the direction of Westover Road.
As they walked along Westover Road one of the men felt a blow to the right side of his jaw and saw the other victim had also been hit and was bleeding from the face.
In order to prevent a further assault, one of the men gave Jones £1,000 of the cash they had won. However, Jones demanded the rest.
Both victims suffered facial injuries as a result of the attack.
Jones was arrested just hours later at his home address and all of the stolen cash was recovered.
Detective Constable Chris Griffin, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This was a deliberate and targeted attack where Jones had identified his victims as being in possession of large sums of money. He gained their trust before assaulting them with a view to stealing their cash. This occurred after both victims offered to help him out by paying a for a hotel room for him due to the adverse weather and him declaring that he had no money.
“Dorset Police will not tolerate violence of this nature on our streets and is committed to ensuring those who are responsible for such behaviour are identified and brought to justice.”
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