11:09AM, Tuesday 10 September 2013
Robbers who teamed up for a 'shameful and cowardly' 90-minute drive-by spree targeting victims in Windsor, Ascot and Datchet have been jailed.
Kenneth Romney, 42, of Seymour Road, Chalvey and Mohammed Hussain, 32, of Hanover Way, Dedworth, were sentenced at Reading Crown Court yesterday.
They were found guilty on July 18 of three counts of robbery, one of attempted robbery, and one of making off without paying for petrol.
The offences took place on February 11 last year between 6-7.30am, with Hussain the driver and 'lookout' while Romney was the 'front-line robber'.
Armed with a screwdriver they targeted a 72-year-old pensioner, girls of 15 and 17, and a woman in her 20s.
They robbed handbags from victims walking and stole £83 worth of petrol from the Esso garage in Ascot High Street.
Judge Angela Morris, said they had to accept 'equal responsibility' for the 'shameful and cowardly acts' targeting vulnerable individuals.
She said: "It is clear to me which ever way you look at the facts there was a degree of pre-meditation and planning in this enterprise."
Motor technician Romney, who has been in and out of jail and has 27 convictions for 52 offences, was jailed for eight and a half years.
The father-of-eight has been jailed for assault, firearms and other offences, and Judge Morris told him it was a 'spate of offences set against a history of violence'.
Hussain, who has a business degree and was said to once have had a promising career as a credit controller, was put behind bars for seven years.
See this week's Express for a full report from the sentencing.
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