Robber Jailed Over Threatening Messages

A robber from Margate who sent a series of violent messages to a woman after an argument about money has been jailed for 38 months.

In May and June this year, Matthew Foster, 27, of Addington Road in the town demanded she give him thousands of pounds, jewellery and furniture and threatened to break her fingers.

He then approached the victim in her 50s outside her home in Broadstairs on Thursday 8 June 2017 where he raised his fist and ripped a necklace from her neck.

In the resulting struggle, he dragged the victim down some nearby stairs and hit her before fleeing the scene.

He was arrested nearby with the necklace in his possession.

Foster pleaded guilty to harassment and robbery at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 7 July 2017.

Investigating officer PC Andrew Palmer said: "Foster’s violent nature and complete disregard for the law has landed him with a lengthy jail sentence.

"His actions had a significant impact on the victim, and caused her to live in fear, which is completely unacceptable.

"I hope this result will help her feel safer and encourage Foster to improve his own damaging behaviour."

 

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