Custody for guilty mugger caught with a knife
7:30am Friday 13th September 2013 in Latest News
A ROBBER who was caught with a knife in a public place has been remanded in custody by a judge.
Michael Bennett had pleaded not guilty to possessing the weapon when he was arrested soon after carrying out a mugging.
But following a trial at Swindon Crown Court the 27-year-old, who had already admitted robbery, was found guilty of possessing a bladed article.
The jury of seven women and five men took half an hour to convict him following a day-long trial.
Bennett, of Queen’s Drive, was caught with the blade, which he said he used for work and forgot he still had on him, on Friday March 8.
Shortly before he was arrested in Abbey Lane, off Cross Street, Old Town, he had been involved in the street robbery.
The court heard that a knife was not used in that incident.
Recorder Jonathan Fuller QC adjourned the case to Friday October 11.
On that date a second man is due to appear in court accused of the robbery. Bennett was remanded him in custody until then.