Robbers who waited in alleyway to attack 'terrified' victim are jailed
TWO men have been jailed for a total of almost 10 years after waiting for a man in a dark alleyway before attacking and robbing him.
Christopher Baker had entered Trumpet Passage, in Hanley, when he was set upon by Javed Khan and David Gallimore.
Both men kicked and punched Mr Baker, leaving him on the ground in a 'terrified' state, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard yesterday.
The victim, who lives in Sunderland and was in Stoke-on-Trent to visit his son, handed over his wallet to Khan out of fear, who then passed it to Gallimore.
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Gallimore, who was on release from prison on licence at the time after being jailed for six years in March 2009 for arson, took between £85 to £100 out of the wallet and threw it down a grid, before walking off with Khan.
Now Gallimore, aged 41, of Bryant Road, Abbey Hulton, has been jailed for six years after being found guilty of robbery following a trial.
Khan, who turned 25 yesterday and lives in Haywood Street, Shelton, was sentenced to three years and four months behind bars after pleading guilty to robbery.
The incident, shortly after 11pm on September 1 last year, was caught on CCTV which was shown to the court.
Paul Spratt, prosecuting, said: "The victim had gone into the Burton Stores pub in Hanley at about 10.45pm and he was alone.
"He had seen the two defendants when he walked in and seemingly entered into conversation with them, and he bought one of them a pint of beer.
"In his interview with police, Khan said the victim had made a slight against a girl he was connected with and that his intention was to deal with it physically.
"The victim left the pub on his own and went to McDonald's but when he left there around 10 minutes later and walked into the alleyway, the two defendants were effectively waiting for him.
"He was kicked and punched by both men who then removed his top, which Gallimore put on to disguise himself."
Mr Baker suffered cuts to his forehead, a bloody nose and bleeding inside his mouth.
He made his way to a nearby property where the occupant alerted the police and ambulance service.
Khan and Gallimore were arrested a short time later in a different pub.
Robin Lichfield, defending Gallimore, who has been back in prison since February, said: "This was clearly an unpleasant matter and he understands a custodial sentence will be imposed on him.
"He has a number of previous convictions but none are for robbery or assault, so this can be seen as out of character in that respect."
Nicola Bell, defending Khan, said: "He is a polite and pleasant man who comes from a decent family and he knows he has brought shame upon them."
Sentencing both men, Judge Mark Eades said: "Mr Baker went to a pub for a drink, as countless other people do across the length and breadth of this country.
"He bought you a drink, he was friendly and had the misfortune of coming across you.
"This robbery has a number of aggravating features."