Stab attack Leeds street robber is jailed for life

Robert Dixon.
Robert Dixon.
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A KNIFE-wielding thug who stabbed a man on a Leeds street before robbing him of £15 has been jailed for life.

Robert Dixon’s victim Rafal Wrona had to undergo an operation on a punctured lung and spent two weeks in hospital following the attack on Roundhay Road in the early hours of January 20.

Leeds Crown Court heard Dixon, 34, has an “atrocious” criminal record of 118 previous offences and was out of prison on licence following a seven year jail sentence when he committed the latest robbery.

He was previously jailed in November 2009 for wounding a man by biting a chunk of his ear off and for the attempted robbery of a pregnant woman.

Jailing Dixon for life, Judge James Spencer QC, said he will not be eligible for parole for at least ten years.

Judge Spencer told him: “You have an atrocious record for serious offences. The pattern of your criminal activity is alarming.

“At the time of these offences you were on licence having been sentenced to seven years for offences of wounding with intent and robbery.

“During the course of your licence you went out armed with a knife 30cm long. You drank to excess. You saw a vulnerable victim, a person on his own.

“You enticed him in to some quiet street and there you knocked him down. You produced a knife when he stood up and you stabbed him. That stab wound entered his side.

“It could have been fatal, mercifully it was not. You were unscrupulous to use it for your own purposes during the course of this robbery.”

Prosecutor, Martin Robertshaw said Dixon’s victim Mr Wrona is a Polish national who speaks very little English who came to the UK in 2010 to look for work.

The court heard Mr Wrona was walking home along Roundhay Road from Leeds city centre just after 2.30am on January 20 when he was targeted.

Mr Robertshaw said: Dixon shouted “Give me money, give me money.”

Mr Robertshaw said the two men became involved in a scuffle and Dixon knocked Mr Wrona to the ground before grabbing him by the throat and threatening him with the knife.

Mr Wrona gave Dixon £15 after he had been stabbed in the side between his arm pit and rib cage.

Mitigating, Andrew Stranex said Dixon has shown remorse, adding: “He has shown some understanding of the impact he has had.” Dixon, of Station Road, Batley, had admitted wounding with intent, robbery and possessing an offensive weapon.

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