Violent robber jailed for Brixworth attack
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A convicted murderer who climbed into a woman’s car, assaulted her and stole her handbag has been sentenced to eight years and four months.
Terry St John, 53, of Acre Close, Mawsley, appeared at Northampton Crown Court today, Wednesday, June 5, for sentencing after admitting to carrying out a robbery in Brixworth on January 9 this year.
Lead investigator DC Dan Hayes, of Northampton CID, said: “The victim was on her lunch break and pulled up to take a phone call, then the next thing she knew, a man was in her car with her.
“He used violence to threaten her, striking her in the neck with a screwdriver before running off with her handbag.
“St John is a dangerous man who caused his victim considerable distress, and this sentence rightfully reflects the damage that this incident has caused her.
“Everyone involved in this case has worked really hard and I’d like to thank everyone for the parts they have played in ensuring justice has been done.”
The judge sentenced St John to eight years and four months for one count of robbery, made up of five years and four months in custody and three years on extended licence.
He was given a 10 per cent credit for entering a guilty plea to the charge on the day of trial, and must serve two-thirds of his custodial sentence before he is considered for release.
However, as St John was already on a life licence following a 1995 conviction for murder, he will remain in prison until a parole board agrees his release.