A would be robber who tried to steal a Barking and Dagenham councillor's mobile phone has been jailed.
On Monday, 17 October 2011, Eastbury ward Cllr Jeannette Alexander, Cabinet Member for Crime, Justice and Communities (pictured) was the victim of an attempted robbery.
A man approached Cllr Alexander from behind at the corner of Ripple Road and Suffolk Road and attempted to reach around her to take her mobile phone. Mrs Alexander managed to keep hold of her property while telling her assailant: “You are not having my phone.”
The defendant left the scene without Cllr Alexander's property. Cllr Alexander was not injured during this incident.
Cllr Alexander said: “You never really believe that it will happen to you. It was indeed a frightening experience, even though I did not lose any property.”
Working with borough partners, the CCTV footage of the incident was recovered and on viewing officers from the Burglary and Robbery Unit recognised the suspect as 19-year-old, unemployed, Benjamin Joseph of Bastable Avenue, Barking.
Joseph was arrested by Safer Neighbourhoods officers on Wednesday, 2 November 2011 and was released on bail. When he failed to return on bail a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On Wednesday, 21 December 2011 Joseph was apprehended at his home address for failing to surrender on police bail and was charged with attempted robbery and failing to report on police bail. He was remanded in custody.
Benjamin Joseph was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for the attempted robbery of Cllr Jeannette Alexander at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday, 20 June.
Police Chief Inspector Richard Goodwin said: “Despite the fact that Cllr Alexander did not suffer a loss of property she has suffered all of the other effects that come with being a victim of crime. We will always combine our efforts with our partner agencies in order to place criminals before the courts. The identification and subsequent arrest of this defendant is a shining example of partnership working’s triumph over crime.”
Cllr Alexander added: “It is down to the Borough’s CCTV and determination of our local police that this robber was brought to justice. I am glad to see that he has been given a custodial sentence and that he is paying for his crime. I encourage anyone who has been a victim of crime to come forward, report the incident to police and together we can make a difference and continue to have a borough where are streets are safe for us all to enjoy.”