Ipswich: Woman held knife to her former boyfriend’s throat outside Iceland store and later begged him to call police so she would be returned to prison

The robebry happened outside Iceland in Ipswich The robebry happened outside Iceland in Ipswich

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
12:00 PM

A woman who asked to borrow money from a former boyfriend held a knife to his neck and robbed him of £40 when he turned up to meet her, a court has heard.

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Gemma Hopkins, 26, had only been released from prison on licence two weeks earlier when she met Kevin Wright outside the Iceland store in Ipswich and produced a knife, Ipswich Crown Court was told. Following the incident she initially sent texts to Mr Wright begging him to report the robbery to the police as she wanted to be returned to prison, but then sent him texts in which she threatened to stab and kill him, said Michael Crimp, prosecuting.

Hopkins, of Benezet Street, Ipswich, admitted robbery, putting a person in fear of violence by harassment and failing to provide a sample. Jailing her for a total of 40 months, Judge John Devaux described the robbery as unpleasant and said Hopkins had pressed a knife in the region of Mr Wright’s neck. He said there had been a significant degree of planning to the robbery as Hopkins had carried a knife with her with a view to committing the offence.

Mr Crimp told the court that, in a statement to the police, Mr Wright said he knew Hopkins’ “good and bad parts”.

“He used to be in a relationship with her but wasn’t at the time. He had some warm feelings for her and knew her issues and was prepared to lend her some money,” said Mr Crimp. He said that after her arrest Hopkins had refused to provide a specimen to show if she had taken Class A drugs.

Hopkins chose not to be legally represented at the sentencing 
hearing and had nothing to say about the offences.

3 comments

  • I know this girl very well,deep down she is a really nice girl who ended up down a tragic route in life, the comment about being put to sleep is ignorant, personally I think the jail sentence is fair considering some sex offenders get less

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    Martin Everdell

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • One of many incidents in close proximity to the drug treatment centre. BTW, Ipswich Entrepreneur, with an attitude like yours, I wonder whether you've considered having a long sleep yourself?

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    Mister Cynical

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • Well she sounds like a lovely young lady. Her parents must be very proud.

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    RC

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

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