A Sheerness teenager has been jailed after robbing a person in Northfleet High Street and also dealing drugs in the area.
John Oakes, 18, of Granville Road, followed and repeatedly punched the man before running off with his bag.
On 20 September 2019 at around 11.15pm, the man was walking home from Northfleet train station along the High Street when Oakes stopped him and asked him for money. The man refused so Oakes punched him in the head and then continued to pursue him down the street, grabbing him and punching him as he tried to get away.
Eventually Oakes kicked the victim’s legs away from him causing him to fall over, grabbed the man’s bag and fled. With the help of two members of the public in a van, the victim followed Oakes and they managed to detain him and retrieve the bag which contained an electronic tablet.
Officers arrived at the scene and resisting arrest, Oakes kicked a police vehicle and then spat once inside it. He also assaulted a police officer by spitting in his face.
He pleaded guilty to robbery, criminal damage and assault of an emergency worker and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 10 January 2020.
At the hearing Oakes also pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. On 31 March 2019 he was stopped by officers from the Community Policing Team in an alleyway in Perry Street, Northfleet and was found to have over 60 wraps of cocaine and heroin hidden in his clothing.
He was sentenced to a total of three years and eight months’ imprisonment for all of the offences.
Officer in charge of the case, PC Martin Stevens of North Kent CID said: ‘Oakes pursued the victim and continued to assault him in the High Street in front of several passers-by, including children.
‘He relentlessly attacked the man until he was able to steal his personal items. Thankfully, with the help of members of the public, he was detained and we have now ensured he is off the streets so he can no longer pose a threat to others or deal drugs in the area.’