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Fifth man sentenced for violent robbery of Wattisham-based serviceman

CCTV of the violent robbery of a Wattisham based serviceman in Ipswich

CCTV of the violent robbery of a Wattisham based serviceman in Ipswich

A fifth man involved in the violent robbery of a Wattisham-based serviceman has been locked up.

Mitchell Ambrose, 20, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to robbery and was sentenced to 40 months in a Young Offenders Institution.

Ambrose, of Huckleberry Crescent, Ipswich, was one of five man who targeted Jack Shilton, 21, who works maintaining helicopters at Wattisham and who has served in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, Ipswich Crown Court heard how on June 6 last year Mr Shilton and a friend had been invited to a party at an address in Queens Way but arrived in a taxi to find there was no party.

Mr Shilton decided to leave but got out of the taxi when he saw his friend being chased.

Prosecuting, Robert Sadd said after handing over his wallet and phone Mr Shilton was punched in the face, falling to the ground, and after being repeatedly kicked to the head and back, fell unconscious.

On November 5, four men, all from Ipswich, were jailed for a total of 12 years after pleading guilty to assault and robbery charges.

Adam Poulter, 26, was sentenced to three years and nine months, Jerran Hart, 22, was sentenced to three years and six months, Matthew Kersey, 30, was sentenced to 32 months and Jamie Duncan, 23, was sentenced to 30 months.

Sentencing Ambrose, Judge Rupert Overbury described his actions as ‘disgraceful’.

Detective Inspector Eamonn Bridger from Ipswich CID said: “It is positive to see that all five offenders have not only been found guilty of the crime they committed, but have been given sentences that reflect the severity of their actions that evening.

“This was a particularly nasty un-provoked attack on the victim, a serving soldier on leave, who co-operated with the offenders and handed over his property.

“They still felt the need to surround him and assault him, causing him to fall to the ground unconscious.

“They then continued to assault him whilst he lay vulnerable on the floor.

“Robbery remains one of our key priorities and I would like to warn offenders that this type of criminal activity will not be tolerated and you will be brought to justice for your actions.”

 

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