Gravesend: Jail For Christmas Robbery

6 August 2014, 19:04 | Updated: 6 August 2014, 19:08

A robber who stabbed a man in the leg with a fork and forced the victim to a cash point on Christmas Day has been jailed for 14 years.

Marian Csiszar beat the man so badly he suffered broken bones in his hand and wrist, a fractured eye socket and a laceration to his leg caused by the fork, police said.

The 34-year-old from Gravesend, Kent, was found guilty of robbery and assault occasioning grievous bodily harm at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday and banned from driving for 10 years as well as being jailed, the spokesman said.

Csiszar and another man forced their way into the victim's home in Peacock Street, Gravesend, at around 7pm on Christmas Day, punching him in the face and demanding cash, the spokesman continued.

But when he could only give the men £15, he was forced into his car while Csiszar drove him to cash point and continued to beat him until they stopped at a house where the victim managed to raise the alarm, police said.

Csiszar told officers he had drunk three or four bottles of whiskey and taken drugs before committing the crimes.

Detective Constable Steve Gibbins, of Kent Police, said: "Csiszar carried out a particularly heinous and sustained assault on his helpless and innocent victim.

"He tormented him and beat him continuously for what must have seemed like a very long time.

"However, despite suffering a horrendous ordeal, the victim showed great courage in helping us put Csiszar before the courts.

"I welcome the news Csiszar will be behind bars, where he clearly belongs.

"His extended incarceration will have a negative impact on his family, who are yet more people affected by his disgraceful behaviour.''