Man jailed after cruel robbery

Three men threatened with an axe a man they invited to a drinks party in Bridlington.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 25th June 2016, 10:15 am
Tomlinson was sentenced at Hull Crown Court for the robbery in 2013
Tomlinson was sentenced at Hull Crown Court for the robbery in 2013

Michael McLoone, 23, Joshua Bedford, 18, and Christopher Tomlinson, 19, marched him to a cashpoint ordering him to withdraw £30 before Bedford and McLoone chased and beat him.

The trio initially softened up their victim by inviting him to a party in a flat in Park Avenue, until he recognised his stolen bathroom scales in the flat. Hull Crown Court heard the mood in the flat changed when Bedford turned to a pal and said: “Get the axe!”

Their victim said he wanted no trouble but they marched him to a shop in Bridlington where they warned him they would “cut him” with the axe and “put it in the middle of his head”. He withdrew all the money he had for Christmas. The trio spent it on two cases of lager and food in the shop before marching him back to Park Avenue on December 24 2013.

The man feared he was going to get “a good kicking” and saw his chance to run. They both caught him up and McLoone pinned him against a wall where they punched him around the head.

Tomlinson appeared alone as he had evaded detection because McLoone, of Park Avenue, and Bedford, of Eldon Grove, Hull, both were jailed for 20 months in December 2014.

Tomlinson, formerly of Park Avenue, pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery.

Defence barrister Richard Reed said: “At the time of this he was drinking too much. He did not want to get involved, he just went along with it.

“He moved and found a flat and set up his window clean business earning £300 a month. He is keeping out of trouble.”

Sentencing Recorder Dapinder Singh jailed Tomlinson for 14 months.

He said: “You saw the complainant and did nothing to help him.”