Man pleads guilty to theft, robbery and assault

Nottingham Crown Court

A 24-year-old man has admitted a number of offences targeting lone vulnerable people in the Chilwell area.
Claudiu Rosu, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to two robberies, an assault causing actual bodily harm and a theft when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today (Thursday 19 October 2017). He has been remanded in custody for sentencing on 9 November.

In the first incident, Rosu followed an 82-year-old woman and attacked her from behind in Hall Drive, at around 8.45pm on Saturday 9 September 2017. She lost a tooth in the assault and Rosu ran off after she screamed.

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About half an hour later, Rosu robbed a 35-year-old woman. He followed her before grabbing her from behind and bundling her to the floor in Caldbeck Court. She had a chain ripped from her neck and her handbag stolen. The chain was later found in Rosu’s possession.

Then at 11.45pm, Rosu snatched an iPhone from a 17-year-old boy’s hand on a footpath next to Eskdale Drive.

Nottingham Crown Court
Nottingham Crown Court

On the following day at about 3.50pm he robbed a female student, grabbing her from behind in Cut Through Lane, University Park Campus, with his hand over her nose and mouth, and taking her Samsung mobile phone. She was so frightened she dropped her belongings and fled, and saw Rosu picking them up.
Rosu was arrested on Monday 11 September 2017 after a member of the public recognised him from CCTV released in a media appeal and detained him until officers arrived.