Masked burglar is jailed for more than 10 years for beating up and robbing ex-public schoolgirl, 22, for her MacBook laptop after he saw her working on it through window of her student digs
- Phoebe Gibby, 22, pinned down on her bed and repeatedly punched in the face
- Liam Gibbons, 27, had 19 previous offences including robbery of 14-year-old girl
- Gibbons was jailed for ten and a half years after trial at Manchester Crown Court
A former public schoolgirl was beaten and robbed at knifepoint by a masked burglar who wanted her laptop after he spotted her working on it through a window at her university halls of residence.
Phoebe Gibby, 22, was pinned down on her bed and repeatedly punched in the face after 27-year-old Liam Gibbons returned to her house late at night and burst in wielding a kitchen knife and demanding her MacBook.
Miss Gibby, who was due to graduate at Manchester University, had nine stitches to a mouth wound and was left with swelling above the right eyebrow and a broken nose.
Phoebe Gibby, 22, was pinned down on her bed and repeatedly punched in the face after 27-year-old Liam Gibbons returned to her house late at night and burst in wielding a kitchen knife
Drug crazed Gibbons, disguised by a hoodie and scarf across his face, ransacked the victim’s room, flipped over her desk, and emptied the contents of boxes over the floor.
After failing to locate the device he shouted: ‘You’re a crazy b****’ before fleeing with her handbag when house mates came to the victim’s rescue. He was arrested later after he attempted to use the victim’s bank card.
Miss Gibby, a former pupil of the £36,486 a year Ampleforth College, a Catholic boarding school in North Yorkshire, relived her ordeal at Manchester Crown Court as she saw Gibbons jailed for ten and a half years.
She told the hearing: ‘I went to bed that night feeling safe and all I keep thinking about is what followed – his absolute determination to get in my room, him pushing me down onto my bed, being unable to move under the strength and size of his body, and then when he left.
Miss Gibby, who was due to graduate at Manchester University, had nine stitches to a mouth wound and was left with swelling above the right eyebrow and a broken nose
‘He turned to see me covered in blood with my face swollen and I asked him why he was doing this and he just called me a crazy b****.’
Speaking of the emotional impact of the attack, Miss Gibby said: ‘The attack on me has had a great effect on me and continues to do so daily. I want only to be able to move on and forget but I am unable to do so.
‘I’ve had several doctor appointments including having to have my nose pushed back into place which was very triggering for me and made me relive the feeling of being pushed down on my bed.
‘The physical injuries have now healed but the psychological injuries have not. Every time I look at my face I remember what happened.
‘Most of my life I have suffered from anxiety and depression and this attack has made that worse. I no longer feel safe in my home or in my mind. I quit my job and also left Manchester as I no longer felt safe.’
The raid happened on June 29 this year after Gibbons walked passed the five-bedroom student house in Fallowfield and noticed Miss Gibby using her laptop through her ground floor bedroom window.
Prosecuting, Andrew MacIntosh said: ‘Her bedroom window looked out into a main road and she would have been visible to those walking past. She was working until 7pm then a friend came into her room. They sat chatting for a few hours then she decided to go to bed.
Miss Gibby, a former pupil of the £36,486 a year Ampleforth College, a Catholic boarding school in North Yorkshire, relived her ordeal at Manchester Crown Court as she saw Gibbons jailed for ten and a half years
‘The next thing she remembers is being woken up by banging on her bedroom door and a man’s voice shouting “let me in”.
‘She refused and said she was going to call the police but the banging continued and the door began to shake as though it was about to give way.
‘The door then swung open and she was faced with this defendant wearing a hoodie and scarf so only his eyes were visible. The victim had her phone in her hand but hadn’t managed to call the police.
‘He then grabbed her and tried to take her mobile phone. The defendant was shouting at her “give me your f***ing phone” and the victim was understandably absolutely terrified.’
Gibbons admitted aggravated burglary and causing grievous bodily harm.
He had 19 previous offences on his record including the robbery of a 14-year-old girl, who was mugged of her mobile phone as she walked home from school. He had also previously served a four year jail sentence for drugs offences.
In mitigation his lawyer Robert Kearney said: ‘The defendant had a bad drug habit and that was the motivation for this wicked crime. He is a different person now to what he was then. He wants to apologise for what he put her through.’
Sentencing the judge Mr Recorder John Jones QC told Gibbons: ‘You derived pleasure from having control of your victim over a prolonged period. It is my duty to protect the public from the likes of you. ‘
Gibbons will be on licence until 2033 following his release from jail.
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