Jail for three-time knife robber

A SUFFOLK robber who struck for the third time has been jailed to protect the public.

A SUFFOLK robber who struck for the third time has been jailed to protect the public.

Drug addict David Elsom is today beginning a five-year prison term after a court heard how he robbed a man at knife-point.

Elsom was told by Judge Neil McKittrick sitting at Ipswich Crown Court that he would serve at least two years and 17 days before being considered for parole.

The judge added: “Then it is up to the parole board whether or not you are released. There is a need to sentence you for public protection because you pose a significant risk of serious harm.”

The court heard that Elsom robbed a Portuguese man at his Ipswich home of �1,400 on September 20 last year.

Godfried Duah, prosecuting, said in March 2003 Elsom was sent to a Young Offender's Institute for 18 months for hitting a man with a chain and stealing from him. In April 2005 Elsom carried out a night-time mugging and was sentenced to two years in a Young Offender's Institute.

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A pre-sentence report compiled by the Probation Service stated that the 23-year-old, of John Swain Close, Needham Market, “posed a high risk of serious harm to others especially male peers also involved in criminal behaviour.”

Mr Duah said that last September, a 25-year-old Portuguese man met his mother in a Norwich Road caf� where she handed him an envelope containing �1,400 for a flat.

Elsom and two others attacked the man and took the money when he got home. Elsom knelt on him and held a knife to his throat and one of his accomplices hit the man on the head with a baton causing an injury which required eight staples.

Elsom, who pleaded guilty to robbery, said he believed the man was a drug dealer.

Neil Saunders, mitigating, said Elsom had suffered the “most appalling” upbringing and his offending had resulted from a “fierce” drug addiction.

Judge McKittrick said Elsom would have to continue working hard in prison and freeing himself from drugs if he was to be considered for release after the two year period.

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