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Jail for robber Nelson Mubiru who raided BP petrol station in Hinckley Road, Leicester


A robber who raided a petrol station and made off with takings from the till has been jailed for four years.

Nelson Mubiru (27) was also involved in two unrelated assaults.

Leicester Crown Court was told that on July 9, 2011, he went into the All Hours BP filling station, in Leicester's Hinckley Road, at 3.30 am.

David Lee, prosecuting, said Mubiru bought a bar of chocolate, before demanding money.

He said: "There was a struggle as he grabbed a mobile phone from the cashier and got him in a headlock. The cashier bit him and retrieved the mobile phone enabling him to call 999."

He said the defendant ripped out the till drawer and made off with £350.

Mubiru, of Battenburg Road, off Fosse Road North, Leicester, admitted the robbery.

He also pleaded guilty to wounding a man and possessing an offensive weapon, on August 13, 2011.

The court heard that Mubiru fell out with an associate for not paying his share of petrol money towards a lift home.

It resulted in the associate kicking the defendant's front door, causing Mubiru to lose his temper.

Mubiru grabbed an iron bar before chasing the man down the street – even pursuing him into a shop – and assaulting him.

The victim suffered a 4in cut on his back, as well as bruising.

Mubiru also received injuries, which the prosecution said the victim caused in self-defence.

The defendant also admitted causing actual bodily harm to a man on June 23, 2011.

Mr Lee said Mubiru assaulted the man on Aylestone Road, after recognising him as a customer who complained about him a week earlier, at the restaurant where he worked.

He punched the victim, knocking him into a shop shutter, causing a cut to his head needing four stitches.

Judge Sylvia De Bertodano said she accepted that Mubiru, who fled from war-torn Rwanda after his father was killed, led a "respectable" life when he came to the UK.

He attended university, got a job and undertook charity work. However, he went off the rails after being wrongly accused of "a serious allegation," of which he was later found not guilty.

Judge Bertodano said: "It placed you under a shadow and you started behaving in a way entirely uncharacteristically during those two months in the summer of 2011.

"I hope you pick up where you were before this unfounded allegation was made against you and go back to living the respectable life you had before."

Paul Prior, mitigating, said in relation to the wounding offence, Mubiru grabbed a metal bar in order to challenge someone who came looking for trouble "by kicking his door".

Jail for robber Nelson Mubiru  who raided BP petrol station in Hinckley Road, Leicester

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