Gravesend robber jailed after being overpowered by woman passer-by
PUBLISHED: 16:37 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:37 13 April 2018
A woman who pinned a robber against a wall and held him there until police officers arrived has helped secure a three and a half year sentence for the offender.
Anis Bardich, of Milton Road, Gravesend, was overpowered by the passer-by when he attempted to rob a man in Canterbury.
He was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday, April 13 after being found guilty of robbery and causing actual bodily harm.
The court heard that during the early hours of Sunday, April 6, 2017 Bardich feigned falling into a man who was walking in the High Street.
He then held on to the victim and refused to let go, which allowed an unidentified person to steal a wallet from the back pocket.
The victim attempted to defend himself and was punched numerous times in the face before being kicked in the back.
Despite this, he was able to keep hold of Bardich’s legs and call out for help.
A woman noticed what was going on as she walked past and saw Bardich twice punch the victim.
She overpowered him and held him against a wall until police arrived.
On being arrested, Bardich was verbally abusive to passers-by and threatened to fight the arresting constables.
Det Con Terry Seager, the investigating officer for this case, said: “The distraction used in this case was to hug the victim whilst his wallet was stolen.
“When the victim realised what was occurring he was beaten by several individuals, including the defendant.
“Unfortunately for the defendant he did not count on the heroic actions of a passing member of the public, nor the outrage of the victim who refused to let go of him.
“All praise for the success of this case is purely down to those two persons.
“Kent Police will always strive for a prosecution for theft and violence wherever possible, leaving no stone unturned in the investigation.
“This is a fact that I am sure Bardich will reflect on whilst serving his sentence.”