LOCAL: Man sentenced for robbing home of vulnerable man


A man has been sentenced to 32 months in jail for burglary after robbing a property on Alum Chime Road in Bournemouth.

Robert John Richmond, 33 of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 27 March 2020 after admitting a charge of burglary.

Richmond had previously undertaken gardening work for the owner at the property, but on Friday 17 January 2020 at around 7pm was found by the victim in the hallway demanding £500 in cash.

He appeared intoxicated and then took the victim’s wallet, which was in the front basket of a walking frame and left.

A neighbour then noticed he was tampering with the vicitm’s garage door. When challenged, Richmond apologised and cycled away on his bike.

The victim then realised that his wallet had been taken, although this was later located on the driveway, with bank cards still inside.

Richmond was seen on CCTV entering The Westbourne pub at 7.50pm the same day, before being asked to leave by staff five minutes later due to being intoxicated.

The victim’s driving license was found outside the pub by a member of the public who returned it the next morning.

On Wednesday 5 February 2020 Richmond was arrested by officers on Richmond Park Road in Bournemouth, and sentenced on 27 March to 32 months in prison.

Detective Constable Christian Bryant, of Dorset Police, said: “I am pleased that through our investigation we were able to identify Robert Richmond as the man responsible for this offence and bring him before the court.

“This was a distressing incident for the victim and we will do all we can to ensure those who commit burglaries are identified and held accountable for their actions.”


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