A man who beat up an innocent bus passenger down an alleyway then used his bank cards to spend hundreds at Westfield has been jailed for five years.
Ralfe Igor Benedito-Fazenda, 20, was found guilty of one count of robbery and six counts of fraud by false representation after a four-day trial.
His victim had got off the route 149 bus in Kingsland High Street during the night on 27th February last year when he was pursued by five men.
“The victim was then pushed into an alleyway where he sustained several blows to his face causing deep lacerations. He later told police the beating lasted approximately a minute. He also told officers he remembered several of the men putting their hands in his pockets,” said police.
“The victim had his mobile phone stolen and a black wallet which contained his driving licence, cash and a bank debit card.
“The man then staggered home and was met by his flat mate. He contacted police the following morning.”
Police later discovered that Benidito-Fazenda then went on a shopping spree with the cards in fashion stores and betting shops.
He even used the victim’s card to order a kebab and chips for himself.
“As a result of CCTV from the bus and subsequent CCTV cameras from the scene, Benedito-Fazenda was indentified as both a suspect from the robbery and the man who had used the stolen bank card at Westfield,” police said.
“He was circulated as wanted and was subsequently arrested on 7 March 2016 at Euston Railway Station when he was stopped for fare evasion.”
And DC Scott Johnson, the investigating officer from Hackney, said: “This was a brutal robbery of a man who had been out with friends and was vulnerable. It was a cowardly attack by a group of males who used unnecessary violence.
“Benedito-Fazenda was one of these men, and he went on a spending spree with the victim’s bank cards with not a care in the world. He is a violent and cynical criminal and I am pleased he has been brought to justice. I must credit the victim for being so brave.
“Enquiries continue to find the others involved in this attack and we are determined to bring all those responsible to justice,” he added.
Anyone with information should contact Hackney police on 101.
Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.