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12:49 Monday 28 January 2013  Written by Nick Mayo

Robber who stole Blackberry from a 12-year-old jailed

Jed Francis
Jed Francis

A prolific criminal who robbed a mobile phone from a schoolboy while fuelled by cocaine and alcohol has been jailed.

Jed Francis, of Long Readings Lane, Britwell, got a 20-month jail sentence at Reading Crown Court on Friday.

On May 21 last year, the 21-year-old beckoned over a 12-year-old boy who was walking to school in Slough.

After asking the victim a question about the time, he started shouting loudly at him 'give me your phone or I will punch you in the face'.

The scared schoolboy handed over his Blackberry Curve and ran to school and reported the robbery.

Judge Zoe Smith said: "It says a little about our community that a child going to school can be robbed."

Francis was arrested later that day after being seen on CCTV speaking to someone who later sold the phone at Cash Converters in Slough.

The court heard that Francis had 27 previous convictions for 58 offences.

Nick Cotter, defending, said his client had been 'highly intoxicated through alcohol and cocaine' on the day of the robbery and hoped to move away from the area and the 'characters he has been knocking around with in Slough'.

The court heard Francis had also been robbed by a bully when he was 12.

He pleaded guilty to the robbery.

Judge Smith said: "It is clear from the personal statement before me that the young boy has been using a different route to school and he's scared that it will happen again."

Francis pleaded not guilty to a second charge of making threats to kill a police officer.

Hilary Neville, prosecuting, said that the threats happened while Francis was in custody and the prosecution was prepared to accept the words were spoken in the 'heat of the moment' and in 'anger' and there was 'insufficient evidence to prove they were said with intent'.

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