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Thief Kevin Kelly is jailed for punching woman in face in mobile phone theft at New Southgate station
A man who punched a woman in the face before stealing her mobile phone has been jailed for two-and-a-half-years.
Kevin Kelly, 25, of Fortis Green Road in Muswell Hill, was sentenced after pleading guilty at Wood Green Crown Court yesterday.
The court heard how a topless Kelly approached the 26-year-old victim, who was using her phone while waiting for a train at New Southgate station at 8.20pm on Saturday, July 13.
Kelly, who was drinking a can of beer, threatened her with violence if she did not hand over her phone.
Fearing for her safety she tried to distance herself from him and told him to leave her alone, but Kelly punched her in the face with such force she dropped her phone.
As the victim tried to get away Kelly picked up the phone from the platform and demanded she hand over her wallet.
A struggle took place during which Kelly struck the woman on the head again and spilled beer on her.
The victim eventually managed to escape and approached another passenger who called police.
Kelly was found in a nearby side street with the victim’s phone in his pocket and was arrested.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Constable Gerry Griffin, said: “This was clearly a terrifying ordeal for the victim who was alone at the time of the incident.
“Kevin Kelly’s behaviour on that evening was disgusting, using violence and threatening behaviour for the sake of a mobile phone.
“I welcome the sentence handed down to Kelly and hope it goes some way to show that this type of violent behaviour on the railway network, will absolutely not be tolerated by British Transport Police or the courts.”
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