A foolish armed robber shouted out his own name during a theft, making it easy for police to find and arrest him moments later.
Kyle Wood, 34, who also has a distinctive teardrop tattoo on his cheek, told a court he didn’t care what happened to him as he is a “big bad wolf”.
Wood, a heavily convicted drug addict, had carried out two separate street robberies on young men. The victims had just got off a bus and were both walking towards their respective homes when the incidents happened.
Armed with a knife, Wood demanded their belongings and left one of them fearing for his life, reports DerbyshireLive. Then, when a passer-by shouted over and tried to intervene during the second crime, the defendant proudly told the man: “Don’t get involved, do you know who I am? I’m Kyle Wood, keep the f*** out.”
Wood told Derby Crown Court: “I don’t care I’m a big bad wolf.” He then refused to stay on a prison link to find out his fate. During the sentencing hearing, Wood said “get me out of here” before banging on the door to be let out of the video-link room at HMP Nottingham. The court was told that Wood is known to self-medicate with crack cocaine.
Jailing Wood for three years and eight months, Recorder Graham Huston said: “Both of these victims were robust, young men but they left the bus and were accosted by you holding a flick knife and for one moment one of them feared for his own life.”
Sarah Allen, prosecuting, said both robberies took place shortly after midnight on August 30, last year.
She said the first victim had just alighted a bus from Nottingham and was walking home when he was approached by the defendant in Derby Road: “The victim heard a commotion and thought someone was begging and took no notice but Mr Wood came up to him, held a knife up and demanded he hand over what he had on him.
“He gave him his mobile phone, got home and called the police.”
Miss Allen said that, moments later, a second man, who had got off the same bus, was also walking home with his headphones on when Wood, of Clarence Road, Long Eaton, began to walk alongside him. She said that the second victim removed his headphones asked him what he wanted and was asked by the knifeman “how much money do you have?”.
The prosecutor said: “(Co-defendant) Aimi Turner ran over and both demanded money from him, pulling his hair while Mr Wood produced the knife and held it against the victim’s back. He said he could feel the point of the blade so took his wallet out and handed over £10. Another pedestrian tried to intervene and shouted at the defendants and was told ‘don’t get involved, do you know who I am? I’m Kyle Wood, keep the f*** out’.”
Miss Allen said the police were called to the scene and both defendants were arrested a short time later. In their interviews Turner, a 36-year-old mother, of North Road, Long Eaton, denied any involvement in either of the robberies, but later pleaded guilty to the second one.
Wood told he police he felt “ashamed of his actions and does stupid things”. He pleaded guilty to both robberies, possession of a knife and threatening someone with a bladed article.
In a victim impact statement, the second man to be robbed said: “Because everything happened so fast I did not have a moment to keep cool and when he held the knife to my back I feared for my life.”
Matthew Smith, for Wood, said his client, who has 19 convictions for 60 offences, had written letters of apology to both victims and carried out the offences during “a self-destruct moment”.
He said: “When his life goes off the rails it is a concern because when he stops taking his prescription medicine, he self-medicates with crack cocaine.”
Olivia Beach, for Turner, said her client had served the equivalent of a 14-month sentence since being remanded into prison in August last year.
That defendant was handed a 19-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, with 25 rehabilitation sessions and a 12-month mental health treatment programme.
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