Robber jailed after pregnant mum was threatened with hammerBy Linda Fort
August 01, 2012
A 23-year-old man has been jailed for five years and eight months for his part in a robbery in which a heavily pregnant women was threatened with a hammer.
Sunna Lock, whose last address was a bail hostel in Southcote Road, West Reading, denied being a part of the robbery in Shinfield on September 25 last year.
But he was found guilty at Reading Crown Court and sentenced on Monday.
The recorder Harold Persaud said Lock would serve half the sentence and had already been in custody for 222 days.
Mr Recorder Persaud acknowledged Lock was not the one holding the hammer.
He added: “This was a joint offence and there are no grounds to diminish the part you played.”
Lock’s two co-defendants Carl Pontin, 24, of Heroes Walk and Thomas Birks, 22, of Lybndhurst Road, Tilehurst, were sentenced to four years and four years and three months imprisonment respectively at a previous hearing.
He said Lock had numerous previous convictions for dishonesty, burglary and theft and most recently for robbery.
Mr Recorder Persaud added Lock had also committed a further crime while in prison.
Defending Lock, Graham Smith said he had an “unattractive record for his age” but had spent some time out of trouble after converting to Islam.
He said his religion gave him strength.
He pointed out Lock was standing furthest away from the victim of the crime Sevena Semkova.
Mrs Semkova went to Shinfield with her husband Cristo Chenchev from their home in London – lured there by the robbers claiming they had a motorbike to sell.
The gang led Mr Chenchev to a field but after realising he had no money they returned to his van and one of them held a claw hammer to Mrs Semkova’s head and grabbed her bag which contained £5,000.
She was heavily pregnant and she was theatened in front of her three-year-old son.