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‘Day of reckoning’ for Hemel Hempstead thief 

 Published on: 23rd October 2018   |   By: Rebecca Dundon   |   Category: Uncategorized

A mugger who targeted three people in just one hour has been jailed for four and a half years. 

Michael Casey, who had 33 convictions for 73 offences, robbed two schoolboys and a man who was walking to work, in the space of an hour in September this year. 

Jailing him on Tuesday, October 23, the judge told him his ‘day of reckoning’ had come.

Prosecutor George Heimler told St Albans crown court that two 13-year-old boys were in an underpass near Henry Wells Square when they were confronted by Casey.

He told one boy: “If you don’t give me your bike, I am going to hit you.” Casey slapped and punched the boy, who dropped his bike and ran.

Casey, 20, then demanded the mobile phone and PIN from the other 13-year-old boy. The boy was nervous and could not remember his PIN at first, leading Casey to punch him twice.

An hour later, Casey asked for a cigarette from a 29-year-old man who was walking to work along Penrose Court. When the man said: “No”, Casey said: “I will shank you up” and struck him. He searched him and took his bank card, mobile and obtained his PIN.

The next day Casey was arrested at an address in Wootton Drive, Hemel Hempstead. The bike and bank card were recovered.

Casey, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to three robberies.

Daniel O’Malley, defending, said Casey was homeless. He said Casey apologised to his victims.

Judge Michael Kay QC told him: “This was the conduct of a bully and coward.”

He went on: “You have no sense whatsoever of what is right or wrong. You are a menace and you don’t stop committing offences. The day of reckoning has come for you.”

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