Man jailed for robbing friend at knifepoint

A man has been jailed after he held a knife to the throat of his friend and robbed him.

Surinder Singh, 42, of Reighton Road, Hackney, E5 was found guilty of robbery and possession of a bladed article at Wood Green Court on Friday, 7 April and was sentenced to six years imprisonment.

The court heard that the victim, a 33-year-old man had been in the company of Singh on Thursday 10 November 2016 at 02:10 hours in Manse Road, Hackney, N16.

As they were about to part company Singh produced a Stanley knife and held the blade to the victim’s throat demanding cash. Petrified and believing Singh would kill him, the victim handed over £80 in cash, fleeing the scene.

He called police and officers arrived within minutes. The victim identified Singh who was seen leaving a nearby address in Northwold Road, Hackney, N16. Singh was found in possession of a knife and arrested.

During Singh’s interview he denied the allegations put to him, claiming that they were fabricated by the victim. On Friday 11 November 2016 he was charged.

The Judge, His Honour G Perrins, described this as a despicable crime as the victim trusted Singh and thought he was his friend. Clearly motivated by his heroin and alcohol addictions, the judge stated there was no alternative but to hand down a substantial sentence based on Singh’s offending history and his propensity to commit violence.

Detective Inspector Paul Ridley from Hackney CID said: “Singh is a career criminal who uses extreme violence for relatively little reward to fuel his drug addiction. The terrified victim genuinely believed that he would be killed by the knife wielding attacker if he did not hand over cash. Singh has shown no remorse at any time during the proceedings.

The sentence imposed by the judge reflects the gravity of the offence and that carrying and using knifes in the streets of London will not be tolerated and lead to severe punishment.”