Mugger punched victim after cashpoint visit
A MAN who mugged a stranger after watching him withdraw money from a cashpoint has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Stephen Hamblin, aged 30, punched the man to the ground and went through his pockets, taking a wallet and cash, an MP3 player and a mobile phone, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
Hamblin, of Alexandra Road, Mutley, had earlier admitted robbing the man on October 23 last year.
Judge Paul Darlow gave him a suspended prison sentence after reading a psychiatric report. A previous hearing was told he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and had a borderline personality disorder.
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David Gittins, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the victim was with his friend when he took out some money from a cashpoint in Regent Street in Greenbank.
He said the pair noticed they were being followed by two men as they went into Gibbon Street nearby.
Mr Gittins said one man was punched to the ground by Hamblin and could recall nothing more about the incident as he had been drinking.
Nick Lewin, for Hamblin, said the report showed he could comply with a community order.
He said he was doing voluntary work at Mutley Baptist Church.
Judge Darlow gave him a 36-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, with probation supervision for 12 months. He must comply with a curfew every night of the week, save on Tuesdays, for 16 weeks.