Rosé-drinking cashpoint muggers got through 10 bottles of wine
TWO men drank ten bottles of rosé wine each before attacking a man at a cashpoint and robbing him of £300.
Judge Alastair McGrigor told James Chumber, 27, and Carl Moore, 29, at Gloucester Crown Court yesterday: “You had both consumed a huge quantity of alcohol as well as mephedrone before you committed these offences.”
He jailed them for two-and-half years each after they admitted stealing a bike and then robbing 51-year-old Paul Smith on April 19 this year.
Prosecutor Julian Kesner said the two offences happened within 40 minutes of each other and both were captured on city centre CCTV.
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Moore was first seen ripping away Jeremy Wilson's bike from a railing he had locked it to outside a Tesco Express in Southgate Street, Gloucester. Chumber rode away on it.
The bike theft happened at 1.30am. Mr Kesner said 40 minutes later Mr Smith, a cleaner, went to use a cashpoint near the Tesco Express in London Road.
He withdrew £300 from the machine, but as he did so Chumber bundled him to the ground and punched and kicked him.
Moore grabbed the money and the two men made off, leaving Mr Smith on the ground.
Mr Kesner said he suffered a bruised forehead, a cut above the hairline and a cut to the right side of his face.
In a statement later, he said: “This attack has left me fearing for my own safety, especially when I leave my property in the dark when the streets are deserted.
“I feel the offenders have no respect for honest hard-working people and show no understanding of the impact their offences have on their victims.”
Mr Kesner said Chumber, from Bedford, had no relevant previous convictions but Moore, also from Bedford, had 30 offences of theft and four of common assault on his record.
Judge McGrigor told the men: “Honest, hard-working citizens going about their business are entitled to know they will be safe on the streets.”
The men were also ordered to pay £650 compensation each and a surcharge of £100 each.