A man from Pinner and his accomplice have been have been sentenced to a total of 13 years’ imprisonment for spraying a noxious substance at a man before stealing his car.
Jonathan Fernando, 33, of Oakwood Road, was sentenced on Thursday April 5 at Isleworth Crown Court to a total eight years’ imprisonment. He received seven years and six months’ imprisonment for robbery, three years’ imprisonment for administering a noxious substance, to run concurrently and six months’ imprisonment for dangerous driving, to run consecutively. He was also disqualified from driving for six years.
Harrison Bryson, 20, of no fixed address, was sentenced on the same day to a total of five years’ imprisonment. He received four years’ imprisonment for robbery, two years’ imprisonment for administering a noxious substances, to run concurrently and 12 months’ imprisonment for various other theft offences, unrelated to the incident.
Fernando was found guilty and Bryson pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown Court last month.
The incident took place at around 10.30pm on August 25 2017 whilst the 25-year-old victim was sitting in his parked car on Oakwood Road in Pinner.
Fernando and Bryson approached the car and knocked on the window, which the victim wound down. Bryson then sprayed pepper spray onto the victim’s face, eyes and upper body.
The victim felt an instant burning sensation to his eyes and skin and got out of the car in shock.
Fernando and Bryson then got into the man’s vehicle, and drove off.
The victim headed back towards his home to wash away the substance and then called the police.
Whilst driving the victim’s car, Fernando drove into two stationary cars, as well as crashing into a house in Hillingdon and a wall in Harrow.
The car was found abandoned with forensic evidence linking Fernando and Bryson and the crime was recovered.
The following day, the victim was in his friend’s car when he recognised Fernando and Bryson. He immediately called police.
Fernando was later arrested on Oakdene Road in Hillingdon after he attempted to evade arrest by climbing out of a window at his home address. Bryson was arrested at an address on Thirlmere Gardens, Northwood. Both were charged as above.
Detective Constable Stephen Rothwell, from Hillingdon CID, said: “These men did not think twice about the ramifications of their actions and we will continue to ensure criminals like them are behind bars and off our streets.”