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Man is jailed for knifepoint robberies

PUBLISHED: 11:21 22 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:52 05 July 2010

A MAN who robbed a shop assistant and an elderly woman at knifepoint in Lowestoft has been jailed indefinitely and will serve at least 28 months.

Courtney Absalom, 35, grabbed a lone shop assistant after going in to Joe's newsagents, on Pier Terrace, on June 23 at around 4pm.

A MAN who robbed a shop assistant and an elderly woman at knifepoint in Lowestoft has been jailed indefinitely and will serve at least 28 months.

Courtney Absalom, 35, grabbed a lone shop assistant after going in to Joe's newsagents, on Pier Terrace, on June 23 at around 4pm. He held a kitchen knife up to the 20-year-old woman and made her hand over £30 from the till. He was caught on CCTV.

The following day Absalom blocked a 73-year-old woman from shutting her car door in the Britten Centre car park as she was about to drive away.

He threatened the pensioner with a knife and escaped with her handbag, which contained £60 in cash and personal items.

Absalom, of no fixed address, was arrested the following day in Sparrows Nest Gardens on Whapload Road, when police found him to be in possession of a kitchen knife.

Absalom pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and one count of possessing a knife. He also admitted breaching a suspended prison sentence and asked for three other offences to be taken into consideration.

Ipswich Crown Court was told on Thursday that Absalom has a personality disorder and a history of violent offences.

Judge John Devaux gave him an indeterminate sentence, saying he had to serve a minimum of 28 months for the protection of the public.

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