A Nottingham man has been jailed after being found guilty of a knife-point robbery in a city nightclub.
Adam Watson, 23, of Camomile Gardens, Nottingham, was locked up today (Tuesday 30 July 2019) for four years and nine months after being found guilty of robbery and possession of a bladed article following a five-day trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
Watson was at Stealth Nightclub, shortly after midnight on 11 August last year, when he pulled out a knife and tried to force a man into a toilet cubicle.
He told the victim to empty his pockets and man-bag before taking two £20 notes and a lighter from him.
The man left the toilet feeling shaken but reported what happened to security staff who detained him before officers arrived swiftly after and arrested him.
Speaking after Watson’s sentencing Detective Constable Julian Eminson-Ferry said: “I’d like to commend the victim for his bravery in coming forward following this frightening incident and for his patience and co-operation during our investigation.
“I hope it brings him some comfort that Watson is now behind bars for his crimes.”
A second man who appeared in court today, 29-year-old Daniel Weldon, of Raglan Close, Nottingham, was acquitted of robbery but pleaded guilty to being in possession of cannabis and being concerned in the supply of cannabis. He was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence.
DC Eminson-Ferry added: “Nottinghamshire Police is
committed to tackling knife crime and we, like the community we serve, believe
there is no place for weapons on our streets.
“We have our own dedicated knife crime team to tackle
the issue and we are also working hard on helping to educate young people. We
have invested in introducing Schools and Early Intervention Officers into
schools across Nottinghamshire, who speak to young people about issues
including violence and knife crime.
“Nottinghamshire Police believes education is a key factor in preventing
violence and it takes everyone to play a part in educating young people that
carrying a knife can never become socially acceptable.
“A new robbery team was also set up in May which
has a focus on tackling weapon-enabled robberies.”