A 20-year-old man who carried out a series of knifepoint robberies over a 12-day period after choosing his victims through social media and classified ad websites has been jailed.
Jalees Ahmad, of Filton, Bristol, would respond to his victims’ social media posts offering mobile phones for sale.
When he turned up to collect the items, he would threaten them with a hunting knife and steal the phones.
In one of the incidents, a 35-year-old man was stabbed when he tried to defend himself and suffered lacerations to his hands and legs.
Ahmad was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court to 10 years’ imprisonment for five counts of robbery, one count of theft, five counts of possessing a bladed article and possession with intent to supply cannabis. A previous suspended sentence was also activated as a result of his offending.
Ahmad carried out the robberies in the Hotwells, Clifton and Westbury-on-Trym areas of Bristol, Keynsham, Kingswood and Weston-super-Mare. The offences happened between March 2 and March 13 2019.
Investigating officer PC Harriet Drewett said: “Jalees Ahmad carried out a terrifying series of robberies in which some of the victims were threatened in their own homes.
“In most of the incidents, Ahmad made off with expensive mobile phones which had been advertised on social media and classified ad websites.
“In one of the incidents, a victim was stabbed as he tried to defend himself. He’s still recovering from his injuries and needs crutches to get around.
“Ahmad was caught after leaving the sheath for his hunting knife at the scene of one of the robberies. We were able to recover forensic evidence from the sheath which provided a DNA match to Ahmad. A fingerprint left on an iPhone box also matched Ahmad’s.
“During our investigation we located the hunting knife at Ahmad’s home and found CCTV footage of him topping up a mobile phone he used to contact one of the victims.
“We take knife crime offences like these extremely seriously and I welcome the significant sentence given by the court. I’d like to thank all the victims for supporting our investigation and I hope this conviction will help with the ongoing recovery process.”