Two jailed after Stevenage man robbed, assaulted and stripped

Mohammed Khalif (left) and Daniel Shephard

Mohammed Khalif (left) and Daniel Shephard - Credit: Archant

Two men have been jailed following an attack in which a man was robbed, assaulted and stripped of his clothes.

The incident took place at Stevenage Railway Station last September.

Daniel Shepherd, 22, of Polygon Road, Camden, and Mohammed Khalif, 21, of Wellesley House, Churchway, Camden, London, were sentenced on Wednesday, 4 December at Cambridge Crown Court after they were found guilty of robbery and theft from an auto machine.

Following a week long trial at the crown court, Khalif was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment whilst Shepherd was jailed for 22 months.

The court heard how the victim, a 33-year-old from Stevenage, was returning home from an evening out in the early hours of Saturday, 29 September 2012 when he realised he had missed his last train home from the town’s station.

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Whilst he waited for the first train he fell asleep, when at around 3.50am, he was approached by four men, who began going through his pockets.

Some of the group removed his mobile phone and bank card before one of the men then attacked the victim, punching him in the head before forcing him to give his PIN code. They removed £80 from a local ATM and discarded the bank card.

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Before they left, they stripped the victim of his jacket and shirt, and left the station by boarding the 4.14am Stevenage to Kings Cross service.

The victim later discovered £40 had been withdrawn from the account.

Detective Constable Gerry Griffin, who led the investigation for BTP, said: “This was a nasty attack where a group of men targeted a lone man.

“Thanks to the assistance from the local media and public, we were able to track down these two men down and out them before the courts.

“We do not tolerate this type of violence and will continue to use the excellent CCTV across the rail network to identify suspects.”

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