Man threatened with hacksaw in Southsea robbery

LOCKED UP Robert Cox has been jailed for robbery

LOCKED UP Robert Cox has been jailed for robbery

Daniel Bates

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A ROBBER who threatened a takeaway delivery man with a hacksaw has been jailed.

The victim was left with a cut to his hand after Robert Cox wielded the weapon during the late-night attack in Blackfriars Close, Southsea.

Now Cox, 20, who has convictions for 48 previous offences, has been sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to committing the crime.

Louis Dean, 22, from White Oak Walk, Havant, was jailed for two years and eight months for his role in the robbery during an earlier hearing.

Dean also pleaded guilty to robbery.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard the pair approached their victim, who was delivering a Chinese takeaway, near Arthur Pope House at 11pm on October 21 last year.

They fled with £94 cash and the takeaway, which was worth £18.80.

Louise Howard, defending, said Cox was addicted to crack cocaine at the time of the robbery and was ordered by a man – who has not been charged – to take the cash from the delivery driver.

Ms Howard said time Cox has spent remanded at Winchester prison, which she described as ‘rife with violence’, has had a significant impact on him.

She said: ‘He has a fractured eye socket and he was robbed by a fellow inmate, his toiletries were taken.

‘It’s nothing like the previous periods of detention he has had in young offenders’ institutions and it’s unpleasant, but it’s having the right effect on him.’

Cox, of Earlsdon Street, Southsea, admitted the robbery.

He also pleaded guilty to breaching a community order.

Cox admitted committing eight other crimes including thefts and an attempted robbery which were taken into consideration.

A charge of possessing an offensive weapon was ordered to lie on file.

Addressing Cox, Judge Ian Pearson, sentencing, said: ‘It is a serious matter of its type.

‘There was the use of force upon the victim, there was the use of a weapon which you wielded and there was a cut to the victim’s hand.

‘There was an element of pre-planning because you intercepted the delivery driver and he was a vulnerable victim.’

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