Violent pill thief jailed

A SUFFOLK man who robbed another man of prescribed tablets has been jailed for 33 months.Kevin Wheeler went to Allen Goldsmith's home and punched his face causing bruising and swelling, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

A SUFFOLK man who robbed another man of prescribed tablets has been jailed for 33 months.

Kevin Wheeler went to Allen Goldsmith's home and punched his face causing bruising and swelling, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Duncan O'Donnell, prosecuting, claimed that Wheeler threatened Mr Goldsmith and demanded that he be given some of Mr Goldsmith's prescribed medication.

Mr Goldsmith handed over some of his tablets and Wheeler returned to his home in Hopton Road, Barningham, where he was later arrested.

When officers arrived at his house Wheeler appeared to have been drinking and had struck a woman police officer in the neck with his elbow causing her to fall to the ground.

He also spat in the face of a policeman, said Mr O'Donnell.

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Wheeler, 34, admitted robbery, common assault and assault by beating.

Sally Hickling, for Wheeler, said her client had a serious drink problem which had led to these offences and previous offending.

"He accepts he behaved in an abominable way."

He had gone to Mr Goldsmith's house out of concern for his five-year-old daughter, who was allegedly being bullied, said Miss Hickling.

She said Wheeler had been in custody for six months and had been alcohol-free in that time.

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