Rhyl man jailed for robbing vulnerable alcoholic


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

A MAN has been jailed for four years after he robbed a vulnerable alcoholic of his mobile phone and Post Office card, which he tried to use to get cash.

Andrew Powell-Jones even took the victim’s food – obtained from a food bank.

Mold Crown Court heard how the 55-year-old victim was so traumatised he tried to take his own life.

Powell-Jones, aged 27, of Brighton Road, Rhyl, admitted robbery of the man in his own home at Rhyl on February 19.

Judge Niclas Parry told him: “This was a cruel, mean offence.

“You left him living in constant fear.”

The judge said Powell-Jones, aged 27, who had “an awful record” but mainly for less serious offences, had threatened him, punched him, injured him and when the victim begged him to stop he continued to threaten him.

Prosecuting barrister Simon Mintz told how the victim was alcohol dependent, on medication for a liver complaint and his mobility was affected because of a broken hip.

The previous evening police had been called after Powell-Jones had been aggressive to him.

But after the police had gone, Powell-Jones asked for £20 and became threatening when he refused.

He then demanded his Post Office card telling him “if you don’t give me your card you will not live again.”

The victim was punched in the eye, he pleaded with his attacker, but the Powell-Jones threatened to punch him again.

Andrew Green, defending, said Powell-Jones was upset and concerned at the effect his actions had on the other man.

Before this he had been on reasonable terms with the complainant.

He had gone to speak to the victim about the fact that he had earlier called the police and matters got out of hand.

Powell-Jones accepted he had taken items and that it had been a mean thing to do to steal his food.

He had the courage to enter a guilty plea which saved the complainant having to give evidence.

Powell-Jones’ partner was expecting their first child and it would be a considerable punishment to him that he would be in custody during this time.  

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