Jail for Eastwood robber who chased man with hammer and 'touched woman's breast'
A ‘violent’ Eastwood drug addict who chased a man with a hammer and grabbed a woman inappropriately has been jailed.
Adam Elliott, 37, of Scargill Walk, was arrested in December last year following an incident where he demanded money from members of the public and tried to hijack a car.
Nottingham Crown Court was told on Thursday, March 11, that Elliott had approached a man on a stolen bike and was wearing a balaclava. The court heard that he shouted ‘where’s my f****** money?’
After chasing the man around his car with a hammer, Elliot then climbed into the vehicle as the man and two other members of the public were trying to jump start it in Deepdale Court, Stoneyford Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield.
Witnesses described how Elliott frantically searched for the keys before being disturbed by the dog on the back seat.
After jumping from the vehicle, he then turned his attention to the person who was helping to jump start the car and his girlfriend – demanding money.
He frisked the female and grabbed her breast in the process, said Gregor Purcell, prosecuting.
The three managed to make their escapes after one of them threw a handful of change on the floor, and Elliott ‘scrabbled for it’.
Elliot, who’d only been released from prison around two weeks before, then fled but was soon detained by police.
He later pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, two counts of attempted robbery and one of possession of cannabis.
An additional charge of being in possession of a bladed article will remain on file.
Sentencing Elliott to 40 months in prison, Judge Stuart Rafferty QC told him: “You involved two innocent members of the public who had done nothing to you.
"The woman was terrified because you manhandled her and touched one of her breasts, and you were wearing a balaclava.”
Detective Constable Tim Baker, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was an incredibly frightening experience for the victims.
"This kind of brazen thuggery will always generate a very forceful police response and I hope this case serves as a strong warning to others.”