Man jailed after mugging in Weymouth

JAILED: Joshua Penketh

JAILED: Joshua Penketh

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A MAN has been jailed after a mugging in Weymouth.

Joshua Penketh, pictured right, aged 25, pushed a man against a wall and stole cash, tobacco, an iPhone and a pair of headphones, Dorchester Crown Court was told.

He admitted a charge of robbery.

Prosecuting, Carolyn Branford-Wood said the offence took place in Turton Street in November last year.

She said: “The victim was walking along King Street when he met two males he knew by name.

They chatted and continued on to Turton Street where Penketh made a remark and forced his forearm against the throat of the victim, pushing him against the wall.”

Penketh was ‘aggressive’, she added, and demanded the victim hand over his wallet.

The victim later called the police and Penketh, along with another man who was later released without charge, were arrested on the Esplanade.

In mitigation Nigel Mitchell said the offence was ‘unplanned and opportunistic’ and that the defendant later showed remorse for his actions.

He added: “He is trying to improve his lifestyle and has been avoiding those things that might bring him back before the courts.

“Substance misuse has been a problem for him.

“He accepts full responsibility for what he has done and is sorry for the distress caused and that he offended against someone who perceived him as a friend.”

Although he has 16 convictions for 25 offences, the defendant has never been imprisoned before, Mr Mitchell added.

Judge Roger Jarvis sentenced Penketh, of St John’s Close, Portland, to 10 months in jail.

He said: “This was an unpleasant offence committed in November when it was dark, the mugging victim being someone who thought you were his friend and was understandably shocked at the violence you showed to him.

“You took items from him against his will. You have had chance after chance, in truth.

“On this occasion you were affected by drink and drugs and this is something which happened on earlier occasions when you have committed crime.

“Previous court orders have had no lasting impact on your behaviour.”

He added: “The time has come when you have to understand what happens when you commit crimes in the way you have been.”

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10:29am Mon 7 Apr 14

cosmick says...

16 convictions 1st prison sentence?
VOTE UKIP!
16 convictions 1st prison sentence? VOTE UKIP! cosmick
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2:02pm Mon 7 Apr 14

PortlandYoof says...

Another scumbag finally locked up. He has always been an idiot, should have been inside many times before - surprise he's got away with it for this long. Maybe a stint inside with the 'big boys' will knock some sense into him.
Another scumbag finally locked up. He has always been an idiot, should have been inside many times before - surprise he's got away with it for this long. Maybe a stint inside with the 'big boys' will knock some sense into him. PortlandYoof
  • Score: 5

3:24pm Mon 7 Apr 14

2539 says...

He would only mug someone that he knew he could get the better of. Wouldn't have the nuts to approach the unknown. That said you have even bigger nuts if you go out and EARN your tobacco, phone or money - much more of a manly thing to do. Feel like emptying his pockets myself next time I see him, then I'd give it back just to give him a taste of terror.
He would only mug someone that he knew he could get the better of. Wouldn't have the nuts to approach the unknown. That said you have even bigger nuts if you go out and EARN your tobacco, phone or money - much more of a manly thing to do. Feel like emptying his pockets myself next time I see him, then I'd give it back just to give him a taste of terror. 2539
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