A robber has been jailed for six years after he punched a motorist in the face and tried to steal his car keys.
Leeds Crown Court heard Andrew Robinson was driving to work when he stopped at a junction in the Raynville Road area of Bramley on June 12 last year. He heard someone shouting to him and saw Layton Ryan Wilson and another man approaching the driver’s side of the car.
Christopher Moran, prosecuting, said Mr Robinson had his window down and asked if he knew them but was immediately punched to the face by Wilson. As he put his hands up to protect himself he felt another blow and saw the other man reaching in for his car keys.
He lent forward and managed to stop him but heard a voice saying “grab the keys” and was hit three to four more blows to the back of his head, before he managed to drive on.
He was able to stop a passing police car and realised his baseball cap was missing which was found in bushes near the scene.
Police patrolled the area and arrested Wilson. He was racially abusive to the officer and had grazing to his knuckles.
Stuart Field, representing Wilson, said he had been drinking and went to speak to the man in the car because he thought he recognised him from school days. In that state he perceived something had been said to him and feeling insulted he then hit out. The cap was taken as part of his anger and they tried to grab the keys to stop him driving on, not to acquire the vehicle.
He said: “He is deeply ashamed of his actions, not just the robbery for all the offences.” He added Wilson realised he had a problem controlling his temper.
Wilson, 27 of Armley Ridge Road, Leeds, admitted robbery of the cap, attempted robbery of the keys, criminal damage and racially aggravated criminal damage. Recorder Richard Wright QC said he had subjected Mr Robinson to a “horrendous beating when he was sitting vulnerable in his car.”