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Man jailed for two knifepoint moped thefts

News   •   Oct 04, 2018 09:41 BST

[Kymani Goldson]

A man who roamed the streets on the back of a moped targeting moped couriers has been jailed.

Kymani Goldson, 20 (20.06.98) from Vermont Road, SW18 was sentenced to five years and seven months' imprisonment at Isleworth Crown Court on 28 September after pleading guilty to two counts of robbery.

Goldson also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving; driving with no insurance and possession of a bladed article.

He was jailed for a further 15 months in total for these offences - these will run concurrently. Goldson will also be banned from driving for 33 months on his release from prison.

The court heard that at approximately 01:00hrs on Thursday, 16 August a delivery driver got onto his moped in North End Road, Kensington. As he put the key in the ignition, three people on two mopeds drove past. The two mopeds turned around and boxed in the victim. A knife was pointed into the victim's back and he was forced of his bike before Goldson drove off on his moped.

The victim contacted police and the tracker on the moped was activated.

Twenty minutes later, a moped courier parked his moped on Mitcham Road near Tooting Broadway station to collect a food delivery. As he went to his moped he was approached by Goldson who threatened him with a knife and demanded the keys to his moped. Goldson drove off with two other moped riders into Longmead Road.

The victim contacted police and again a tracker on the bike was activated.

Following a police vehicle pursuit, Goldson crashed his moped in the vicinity of Standen Road, SW18 whilst the other two mopeds drove off. Goldson made off on foot but was detained and arrested. A large knife was found near to him matching the description of the knife given by the second victim.

On Friday, 17 August Goldson was charged and appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court the same day. Goldson pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Friday, 28 September.

Detective Constable Mark Cooper from the Venice Investigation team said: "Goldson identified his victims as courier drivers and targeted them for their mopeds, using the threat of violence to achieve his aims. Both of the drivers needed their vehicles to work, without which one of them lost his job as a result."

Enquiries continue.