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Keith Jones threatened teens while high on drink and drugs
6:00am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
HIGH on drink and drugs, a Southampton man brandished a knife in front of four terrified teenagers in a cannabis demand.
Keith Jones, 22, who was part of a group, confronted the victims on a July evening in Hoglands Park.
Prosecutor Tom Wright said they told him they didn’t have any cannabis but he threatened to stab them unless they turned out their pockets.
Jones, pictured, then held a penknife within inches of the teenagers who were so scared they did as he demanded but none had any drugs.
The city crown court heard the group scattered at hearing police sirens but Jones was caught and identified.
Jones, of Emsworth Road, Shirley, admitted four counts of attempted robbery and was jailed for two years.
In mitigation, Andy Houston said that while on remand, Jones – who wrote a letter to Judge Peter Ralls QC and the teenagers – had been trying to sort out his cannabis addiction.
Urging the court to give him a drug rehabilitation requirement which would be beneficial to him and the public, he added: “There is clear remorse. Things must change or he will spend more and more time in prison. He has fallen apart because of cannabis and needs to rebuild his life.”
However in passing the jail term, the judge said: “People should be allowed to go about their business without fear and not be attacked by strangers.”
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