Armed robber who held up Stevenage and Letchworth bookmakers sent to Young Offender Institution

PUBLISHED: 07:02 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 18:45 27 July 2017

An 18-year-old armed robber who held up Stevenage and Letchworth bookmakers for £3,500 has been sent to a Young Offender Institution.

Ken Kwezi, of Butler Way in Kempston, used a knife to threaten staff at Coral in Letchworth and Paddy Power in Stevenage town centre during the robberies on February 18 and 19.

And he was sentenced to three years and four months behind bars by judge Recorder George Pulman QC when he appeared at Huntingdon Crown Court on Friday.

Kwezi – who pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and two counts of weapon possession at a hearing in April – stole about £500 from the Letchworth shop, with up to £3,000 taken in the Stevenage incident.

Police issued a public photo appeal in March during their attempts to trace him.

The teenager was sentenced to three years and four months for one robbery and three years for the other, as well as 12 months for each of the weapons charges – with all the sentences to be served concurrently.

In addition to the Young Offender Institution term, he must pay a £170 surcharge.

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