Mugger jailed after pointing knife at pregnant victimBy Mike Pyle
April 02, 2012
A drug addict who pointed a knife at a pregnant woman’s stomach has been jailed.
At the time Binfield woman Jodie Lee stole the victim’s handbag, she had already held one of her friends at knifepoint and chased her down the street because she was desperate to get money for a fix.
Lee, of Apsey Court, admitted two counts of robbery and one of possession of a knife in a public place, at Reading Crown Court on Friday, March 23.
The 25-year-old visited an acquaintance’s flat in Bracknell and saw her friend Eleanor Cummings there on December 2 last year. When Miss Cummings greeted Lee, she grabbed her and held a knife to her stomach.
Other people in the flat intervened and Miss Cummings escaped, pursued by Lee.
Judge Nicholas Wood said: “This was witnessed by your second victim who was on her way home, grieving the loss of her child and who was pregnant.
“She stopped to assist you when she saw the state you were in and, in doing so, became your second victim.
“I’m satisfied that you must have known she was pregnant and you pointed your knife at her stomach, demanding that she hand over her property.”
Miss Cummings’ boyfriend gave chase and recovered the bag but by this stage its contents were missing. Lee, who has a long list of previous convictions, was arrested at a later date.
Sentencing, Judge Peter Ross added: “What am I faced with?
“I’m faced with someone who, in the past, used a bottle to strike a victim known to them and caused them injury.
“I’m faced with a woman who armed herself with a vicious weapon who has gone out to offend in a violent fashion.
“I’m faced with a woman with a deeply entrenched drug habit dating back to her teens.
“You are someone who represents a serious risk of committing further offences whereby serious harm is likely to be occasioned.”
Judge Ross sentenced Lee to six years in jail plus six years on licence following her release. He also imposed a restraining order preventing her from going near Miss Cummings.