Two fathers who robbed a mother of a gold bracelet as she was on her way to collect her children from school have each been jailed for two years.
Assam Zabir and Zabar Hussain targeted the victim as she sat in her car in Dale Street, Palfrey, Walsall.
Wolverhampton Crown Court was told that the men stole the bracelet on July 12 to fund their drug habit. Recorder Mr David Bright said the crime was ‘astounding’ as both men have children of a similar age to their victim.
Miss Sati Ruck, prosecuting, said the jewellery had been bought by the victim’s husband early in their relationship.
She said: “The victim in this matter was sat in her car in Dale Street waiting to collect her children from school after she had been shopping.
“She noticed a man, identified as Assam Zabir, walk past her car several times and she got suspicious. He then struck up a conversation with her for about 30 minutes, but during that time he walked away to talk to Zabar Hussain who was standing out of view of the victim.
“At about 2.45pm she started to drive her car and at that point Hussain ran up to her vehicle and grabbed her car keys before pulling her arm several times while trying to grab the bracelet. He then made off with it.”
The robbery was seen by a PCSO who recognised Zabir, which eventually led to the arrest of Hussain.
During interviews, the men, who are both fathers-of-two, denied any wrong doing.
Mr Jas Mann, defending Hussain, said: “At the age of 32 my client should know better. And sitting in the dock with the sobering reality of what he has done he has realised this. He was planning on robbing to fund his addiction to drugs.”
Zabir’s lawyer, Mr Tim Pole, said: “He wants to live an honest life and get himself into employment. He walked away from the vehicle because he had second thoughts about the robbery.”
Zabir, 32, of Bescot Street, Palfrey, Walsall, and Hussain, 32, of Sandwell Street, Caldmore, Walsall, pleaded guilty to robbery.
Recorder Mr David Bright jailed both men for two years. He also ordered that they pay the victim a total of £600 in compensation.
Recorder Bright said as he sentenced the men: “What astounds me is you both have children of a similar age and they are going to have to be without their fathers while you’re serving time in jail.”