A robber threatened a security guard before elbowing a mum out of the way to steal her son’s bike.
Teesside Crown Court heard how the victim was left feeling worried and said there was “no need” to make the comments he did on February 20 this year.
Just days later, on March 3, a woman found Graham inside her son’s garden shed attempting to steal his bike.
Peter Sabiston, prosecuting, told the court how she was staying at the property overnight and saw that the shed door was ajar.
He said that, as she got closer, the woman spotted Graham pulling her son’s bike, which was worth around £500.
Mr Sabiston said the defendant continued to take the bike and the woman shouted for her son.
He said she put her hands on the bike to stop him taking it but he elbowed her to break her grasp.
In a victim impact statement, read to the court by Mr Sabiston, her son said that the incident has caused him concern and frustration.
Graham, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to robbery and theft of beard trimmers.
Simon Walker, defending, told the court that he had entered two guilty pleas at the earliest opportunity.
He said: “The robbery was entirely opportunistic, no pre planning at all.”
Mr Walker said this was clear by the fact he left his own bike, covered in his own forensics, in the garden.
He said: “He obviously didn’t set out to rob anyone.
“This is a shed burglary that has gone slightly wrong.
“That’s the risk you take when you commit offences of this type.”
Mr Walker told the court how Graham was homeless after being released from his last prison sentence.
He said that he spent nine days in hospital after being the victim of a stabbing incident.
Mr Walker said: “It’s quite clear that drugs and alcohol have, through his own fault and his inability to stop it, become a problem. They have ruined his life – all of it.”
Judge Howard Crowson told Graham: “Your drug addiction seems to drive your offending. Despite periods in custody you haven’t been able to overcome it yet.
“I recognise this was not planned as a robbery, it was to be a shed burglary. It just got more serious when you persisted in taking the bicycle after you had been confronted.”
The judge sentenced Graham to 16 months in prison.
Source – Gazette Live