Duo jailed after violent robbery

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A Mildenhall man who was involved in a violent street robbery has been jailed for three years.

Lee Tams, 27, of Raven Close, and Steven Peachey, 22, of no fixed address, punched and kicked their victim as they robbed him of his mobile phone and wallet in Newmarket.

On Friday, Ipswich Crown Court heard that Peachey had instigated the attack in the High Street at 2am on April 19. A boy had also taken part in the attack and was sentenced to eight months’ custody at Bury St Edmunds Youth Court after admitting robbery.

The victim, who works in the racing industry, was forced to hand over his wallet containing cash, cards and his driving licence as well as his mobile phone, said prosecutor Godfried Duah.

Mr Duah said the next thing the man could remember was waking up in hospital five hours later. Among the injuries he suffered was a fractured cheek bone.

Tams had pleaded guilty to robbery. Peachey, who pleaded guilty to robbery and another attempted robbery in June, was jailed for five and a half years.

In mitigation, Ian James said that while Tams was the elder of the two men he was less mature and susceptible to peer pressure.

Mr James said: “Had he not been in Peachey’s company that night it is extremely unlikely that anything untoward would have happened.”

A psychological assessment of Tams had revealed ‘grave difficulties’ with him having had a difficult start in life, said Mr James.

Appearing for Peachey, Greg Unwin said his client had made full admissions to police and what he had told them had formed the basis of the case against him. Both had been unplanned and oportunistic offences, said Mr Unwin.

Jailing them Judge John Holt said their offending was so serious that only lengthy custodial sentences were appropriate.