Jailed: Robber who tied belt around victim’s throat in Digbeth

Lee Brend – picture from West Midlands Police
A robber tied a belt around the neck of his victim and dragged him along the ground in a brutal late night attack.
Lee Brend, 28, was fleeing police for an affray in Digbeth when he came across his drunk victim sitting in the street.
Birmingham Crown Court heard how the dad-of-two set about the man in his early 20s, twice wrapping his belt around the victim’s throat and dragging him along the road.
He robbed him of a passport and mobile phone, which were later found dumped in the street, and a bangle.
The welder, of Landrail Walk, Chelmsley Wood, pleaded guilty to a count of affray and one of robbery.
Jailing him for three years on December 14, Judge Richard Bond said; “He was vulnerable that evening, he was a young man on his own who was drunk and so was easy pickings for you.
“Rather than just run away you thought it appropriate to rob a young man while he lay on the ground.
“It is a serious robbery.
“A weapon was produced and you used force resulting in injuries.
“What really concerns me is the use of the belt.
“You deliberately took the belt off his trousers and wrapped it around his neck and pulled him along the ground.
“He can be seen desperately trying to remove the belt because you were choking him, you must have been.
“It was an incredibly dangerous thing to do in my judgement

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