Eastwood man jailed for robbery bid back in court on assault and theft charges

An intoxicated Eastwood man who tried to rob an off-duty cop on the anniversary of his father’s death, has returned to court to face fresh charges.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 5:11 pm

Jayden Anderson approached a car, parked outside a vet’s in Eastwood, in a “very aggressive way” and shouted: “Come on, what have you got for me? What have you got?”

He tried to yank open the car door, but the driver - an off-duty police officer who was taking his dog to the vets with his partner – managed to lock it, prosecutor Stuart Pattinson told Nottingham Crown Court, on March 26.

When Anderson tried to reach through a gap and threatened to smash the window, the officer reversed out of the car park, with Anderson shouting: “You’re lucky”, at 6.30pm, on January 12, this year.

Jayden Anderson

The incident happened shortly after he was recorded on CCTV in a nearby supermarket, said Mr Pattinson.

The driver made no statement, but his partner said the incident left her feeling “paranoid and anxious,” and she didn’t leave the house for 19 days afterwards.

Anderson denied making threats and demands in two police interviews.

The court heard he has six convictions for 11 offences, including grievous bodily harm, in 2015.

Digby Johnson, mitigating, said Eastwood was a “small town riddled by drugs” and “these problems have affected this young man because his parents were addicted to drugs to the level where they weren’t able to bring him up.”

“He wants to move away from what he’s lived in so far,” he said. “He was drawn down into drink and drugs.”

Anderson committed the offence of the anniversary of his father’s death, Mr Johnson said. "It may have started as bravado and showing off,” he added. “It owed everything to the state he was in.”

Anderson, 22, of Lydia Gardens, Eastwood, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery.

Recorder William Harbage QC told him: “When people do the crime, sometimes they have to do the time as well. That’s the position we’re in here. This was a nasty offence and caused a lot of difficuties for the people who were on the receiving end.”

He sentenced Anderson to 12 months in prison.

Anderson appeared at Mansfield Magistrates Court, on Wednesday, from prison via video-link, after admitting assault and shoplifting charges he committed last year.

The court heard he assaulted a woman at the Co-Op, on Nottingham Road, on May 6, and stole a £17 bottle of gin and £30 of pink gin and tonic, from the same store on May 5 and 6.

He stole £100 of alcohol from the shop on January 12, and failed to comply with the terms of a curfew, on October 6, 7 and 19, and November 9, 10, 16, 17, and 28, last year.

He also stole £48 of booze and £50 of beer and steak, from Sainsbury’s, on Nottingham Road, on April 17 and May 2, last year.

Andrson pleaded guilty to the thefts and common assault on January 20.

On Wednesday, he was jailed for 16 weeks for the assault, and eight weeks for the thefts, to run concurrently. He was ordered to pay a £128 victim surcharge and £100 compensation.

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