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20 May 2016, 07:26
A man has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery.
29-year-old Adam Lane Styles of Princess Anne Road, Broadstairs, was known to his victim, a 58-year-old man with disabilities, and the two were sitting in the victim’s lounge in Dane Valley Road, Margate, having a drink late on 6 January 2016.
Styles offered to sell him a laptop but the victim told him he didn’t have any money to buy the laptop. Styles then asked to borrow some money, but again he told Styles he did not have any money.
He then became aggressive and demanded money from the victim. Styles was asked to leave the address. He picked up a garden fork and threatened the victim with it and pointed it towards his face. Styles also damaged the kitchen walls with the fork and allowed another man into the flat who started making threats.
Victim threatened and punched in face
Styles then punched the victim in the face which caused him to fall to the kitchen floor. The other man picked up his flat screen television and placed it by the front door. Both men then repeatedly punched the victim while he was still on the floor.
The police arrived and the other man fled by climbing out of the bedroom window. The victim found £20, three packets of cigarettes and his mobile phone missing.
Styles was arrested and subsequently charged with robbery. He entered a not-guilty plea but changed it to guilty when the trial started. This followed evidence coming to light of a Facebook conversation between Styles and a woman.
He was sentenced on Monday 16 May at Canterbury Crown Court.
The other man accused of entering the flat, 31-year-old Carl Clarke of Taddy Gardens, Margate, was arrested on 9 January and also charged with Robbery. He was found not guilty.