Leeds robber jailed for attack on mum with child

Joel Sheriffe.
Joel Sheriffe.
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A ROBBER who attacked a mum as she was holding her four-year-old child has been given an extended prison sentence totalling almost nine years.

Joel Sheriffe targeted the victim as she was getting the youngster out of the back of her car in a supermarket car park in Harehills, Leeds.

Sheriffe, who is notorious for offences in which he targets lone females, was caught after he dropped his birth certificate at the scene.

Leeds Crown court was told Sheriffe approached the 36-year-old woman as she was getting her daughter out of the vehicle at the store on Ellerby Road, at 5pm on October 22 this year.

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He walked up to her from behind and grabbed the handbag as it was around her shoulder.

Stephanie Hancock, prosecuting, said: “She screamed for help and her daughter screamed and cried.

Sheriffe continued to use force to take the bag from her as she struggled to keep hold of it. She suffered bruising to her shoulder.

The little girl has suffered from anxiety and sleepless night as a result of seeing the incident.

Sheriffe dropped personal documents, including his broth certificate during the struggle and police arrested him at his home a short time later.

Sheriffe, of Cottingley Court, Beeston, pleaded guilty to robbery.

He has served two previous lengthy prison sentences for robbing women.

Holly Betke, mitigating, said Sheriffe committed the offence to fund his addiction to crack cocaine.

The court heard a report considered him to pose a significant risk to members of the public in the future.

He was made the subject of an extended prison sentence totalling eight years, eight months. He must serve a custodial sentence of four years, eight months, followed four years on licence.

The Recorder of Leeds, judge Peter Collier, QC, said: “There is a pattern of offending in that you target lone females.

“You targeted a woman by her car and in her arms was a child of just a few years old. You say you were not aware that a child was present in her arms. I find that difficult to believe.

“The child has been very upset and distressed as a result of seeing what happened to her mother.”

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