04:29PM, Sunday 24 January 2016
A 20-year-old man and three teenagers from Slough have been jailed for their involvement in a spate of street robberies.
Mustafa Ahmed, 18, of Lerwick Drive; Sibtain Kiyani, 20, of Lerwick Drive; Haider Anwar, 18, from Crayle Street and a 17-year-old were sentenced to a total of 18-and-a-half years in prison at Reading Crown Court on Friday, January 15.
Ahmed was jailed for five-and-a-half years; Kiyana and Anwar for four-and-a-half each, while the 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced to four years imprisonment.
All four were charged in connection with three robberies which took place between 13 and 14 May 2015.
On May 13, a 21-year-old man was assaulted in Farnham Road Slough. He fell of his bicycle and was attacked as he lay on the ground and was knocked unconscious.
When he regained consciousness he found his mobile phone and wallet were missing. He was treated in hospital and was later released.
At around 5am on May 14, a 44-year-old man was assaulted and had his mobile phone stolen while in Whitby Road, Slough, after he was approached and asked for a cigarette.
At 5.34am that same morning a 36-year-old man was walking home from work via the Cinder Track, near Beaumont Road, Slough, when he was assaulted and robbed.
Ahmed and the 17-year-old were found guilty of all three robberies, while Kiyani and Anwar were found guilty of two and not guilty of the robbery which occurred in Farnham Road, Slough.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Tom Digby, of Slough Local CID, said: "I am pleased with the sentences handed out by the court. They reflect the serious nature of the offences, which were characterised by the unnecessary and excessive use of violence, hospitalising two of the victims.
"The offences were committed in the course of one night whilst the offenders were out celebrating a birthday and under the influence of alcohol. There appears to be no motivation for their actions other than the 'thrill' of mindless violence.
"Their attitudes whilst in police custody and throughout the trial made it clear that they had no remorse for their actions or realisation of the gravity of the offences and the harm they have caused. Hopefully these sentences will change that and drive home to them the seriousness of what they have done."