Sudbury mugger begins two-year jail term

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A man has been jailed for two years for his part in an early morning mugging in Sudbury town centre.

Bryan Offord, 22, of Trafalgar Road, Sudbury, had pleaded guilty to robbery and common assault after the incident on April 7.

Ipswich Crown Court heard on Friday how Offord and a second man, Benjamin Mountford, 25, had confronted their victim as he walked towards King Street after an evening out with friends.

Christian Hurrell was pushed into an alleyway by his two attackers, who demanded he hand over money while Mountford repeatedly punched him in the face.

Prosecutor Robert Sadd said that Mr Hurrell, who had been left feeling anxious and shaken, had handed over £30.

While the robbery was taking place, one of Mr Hurrell’s friends, Oliver Summers, had run to a nearby fast food shop and asked staff to dial 999.

The court heard that part of the incident was captured by CCTV cameras.

In sentencing, Judge John Holt told Offord that because of the seriousness of the incident, only an immediate prison sentence was appropriate.

Mountford, of Kings Road, Glemsford, was also jailed for two years when he appeared before the same court last month. He had pleaded guilty to robbery and common assault.