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Teenager Jordan Clews admits taking part in robbery involving hammer attack

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 11, 2013

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TEENAGER Jordan Clews, has admitted taking part in a vicious robbery which involved a victim being kicked, punched and hit with a hammer.

The 19-year-old, from Cheltenham was jailed for 32 months at Gloucester Crown Court, after taking part in the frightening attack in the town last year.

Clews, from Edward Wilson House in Princess Elizabeth Way, denied hitting Craig Banks with the hammer, during the Arle robbery.

But he refused to name his accomplices, who have never been caught.

Prosecutor Paul Cook told the court that Clews denied using the weapon and did not know the others had it on them.

He said Clews had said in a statement: "I would like to emphasis I was drunk.

"I regret my actions and apologise for the distress I caused."

Mr Cook said that Mr Banks and his friend Adam Harvey were returning from the Umbrella pub on December 18 last year with a bicycle when they were approached by Clews, who had been released from a detention centre earlier that year, and two other people.

He said: "The defendant grabbed the bike saying 'this is mine now'.

"Mr Banks pulled it back before he was punched in the face and the defendant grabbed the bike again."

The court heard Mr Banks was punched and kicked by the group before one of the offenders hit him with a hammer on the hip.

Mr Banks was forced to hand over a mobile phone and £7 in cash and was left with cuts and bruises, including a large bruise on his right hip.

Defending Joe Maloney said: "He was quite drunk and got involved. He very much regrets it and has expressed his remorse."

Jailing Clews for 32 months, of which he will spend half in custody and half on license, Judge William Hart told the court he accepted his guilty plea on the basis he did not have the weapon, nor knew the others did.

He said: "It was undoubtedly a frightening incident, the kind that makes everybody that goes about the streets, fear for their safety.

"You were released from a detention and training centre in February, and seemed to be making progress, but then fell into this offence. It is depressing."

Gloucestershire police launched a helicopter search of the area following the robbery.

They said after the incident they had initially been called to reports of a fight, but on attending the scene officers discovered that two men had been the victims of a robbery.

The £300 bicycle was later found.

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  • chr1582  |  February 11 2013, 7:36PM

    looks like a respectable pillar of the community in such a wonderful picturesque part of the cotswolds town of Cheltenham like his family probably think of him. He doesn't look like the type of person who'd get drunk and viciously attack someone....... Oh wait, wrong story!! This scumbag looks like a heroin addict who ought to be on jeremy kyle!!!

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  • bonzaharris1  |  February 11 2013, 6:25PM

    32 months, thats two years eight months then, and only half in custody thats one year four months, and with parole hardly any time at all. Be back on the streets, robbing, kicking, punching and hitting innocent people with hammer in no time at all then .... words fail me.

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  • Justica  |  February 11 2013, 3:59PM

    Yet another cradle to the grave liability.

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  • Matt1006  |  February 11 2013, 2:53PM

    So apparently he was drunk - seems to be the only mitigation put forward. But then we only have his word that he was drunk at the time. Sounds like an excuse to me, and a very poor one at that. Violent scumbag. At least he's off the streets until next summer. Shame his partners in crime weren't in the dock beside him, also being sentenced. We can but hope that they're already serving time for other offences, and aren't still at large, ready to attack somebody else. What isn't explained is how this particular thug was identified & caught, whereas the others involved weren't.

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  • CaptCX  |  February 11 2013, 12:12PM

    I'll tell you what is truly depressing Judge Hart: That someone as stupendously naive as you is ever allowed to sit in judgement and pass sentence in cases such as this - or any for that matter. The criminal and his mates attack a bloke with a hammer and rob him. One of the runts is caught. He refuses to tell the police who his accomplices were, where the stolen property was and denies attacking the victim with a hammer at all. When he is found guilty, he simply says that he was drunk.........oh yeh - and that he's really sorry. Judge Hart, skips down from the whimsical world full of pixies & bunnies that he seems to reside in and states how sad it is that the defendant has slipped into his old ways - because he was doing SO well wasn't he? No he wasn't Judge - he was either committing crimes that he wasn't caught for or he was waiting for the opportunity to do something like this. Judge Hart: You are clueless. Please file yourself under bumbling chinless wonder.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 11 2013, 12:10PM

    As he would not name his accomplices maybe he should be doing their time for them, make it 96 months!

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  • Douglasknows  |  February 11 2013, 10:55AM

    The middle east has the right answers for this type of crime, oh hang on, they're not civilised are they!

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  • QwertyOS  |  February 11 2013, 10:10AM

    Looks like a chav, dresses like a chav, acts like a chav, probably smells like a chav. Let`s hope there are no offspring, sterilise him now.

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  • paul813  |  February 11 2013, 10:03AM

    he regrets it and has expressed his remorse !! yeah right what a load of rubbish , he is only sorry he got caught , people like this can do these sort of things and spill out this **** and think that excuses it , should of got 10 yrs hard labour in a real prison when released he should be to scared to even break wind in public , REMORSE see how long it is untill he re offends when released from the joke of a so called prison he is in . i bet if it was a 17 stone rugby player walking down the road it would of never happened , these scummers always pick their victim then they havent got the b...s to do it on their own , the law needs to change and sort these morons out

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