A man has been convicted of a knifepoint robbery on a lone woman, as she walked home in the early evening after going out to do some food shopping.
The victim was walking from Queensway to St Petersburgh Place in Westminster in March. As she made her way along Moscow Road, she became aware she was being followed. Feeling uneasy she stopped to let the man go past.
The man then pulled a ten-inch knife from his waistband and made a stabbing motion. He said: “Give me your wallet.’’ The terrified woman got hold of her purse, containing cash, credit cards and a driving licence and threw it on the floor, before the suspect picked it up and ran off.
He was quickly tracked down to a nearby McDonalds in Shepherd’s Bush, despite trying to disguise himself with a hood, face-covering and hat. He was later identified as Mark David Larkin, also known as Curran, and was arrested by local officers. Detectives were able to capture CCTV of Larkin following the woman and also traced images of him with the stolen property
Larkin, 50, of no fixed abode, was convicted after a six-day trial at Southwark Crown Court. The judge ruled the crime fell into the highest category. On Monday 2 November, he was sentenced to six years for the robbery, plus 18 months for possession of the knife. Larkin also pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud and was also given a £170 pound Victim Surcharge. All sentences are to run concurrently.
Detective Constable Samuel Turner said: “This is an incredibly positive result which shows the hard work detectives go through to bring offenders to justice.
“CCTV proved key in this case, as was the tireless cooperation of the victim who assisted at every opportunity. Despite the fear this man put her in, she was able to pull through and give evidence that led to his conviction.”