Mitcham and Croydon robbers jailed after wielding screwdriver and scissors in bid to get drugs in Leatherhead
Two robbers have been jailed for over five years after threatening people with a screwdriver and scissors in a bid to get drugs.
Julian Grant-Poyser, 22, from Mitcham, and Mikhail Berhane, 23, from Croydon, were jailed for five-and-a-half years at Guildford Crown Court on Friday.
On January 25 the pair had banged on a front door in Leatherhead and entered the property demanding: "Where are the drugs?"
Ashley Hines, who was with Adam Jackson and the home-owner, told the court that Grant-Poyser wielded a pair of scissors and Berhane held a screwdriver.
The men searched Mr Jackson's pockets then dragged him into a bathroom and came out with his phone.
Judge Stewart said: "You were talking to each other and saying the other people must be lying. There must be something there."
They scared and intimidated Ms Hines by taking her into the kitchen to search her clothes and the inside of her footwear, the court heard.
Then the men pushed Mr Jackson against the wall and Grant-Poyser punched him twice.
Judge Stewart said: "You opened the scissors and put them to Mr Jackson's face while the two young women were screaming."
The pair took items, including money and an Oyster card, and made a getaway in a taxi. Police quickly found and arrested them.
Judge Stewart said the victims could not leave the property during the robbery, which lasted approximately 40 minutes. He said: "It was a prolonged ordeal."
Mr Jackson was left with a 'pretty bad swelling to the left side of his jaw.'
Police said the robbery occurred in Cressal Mead between 3pm and 5.10pm and the pair were arrested in a vehicle parked outside the scene.
Grant-Poyser, of Tull Street, Mitcham, has a string of previous convictions for possession of drugs including crack cocaine, having an offensive weapon, assault and battery.
He and Berhane, of Davidson Road, Croydon, will serve simultaneous sentences for two offences of robbery each.
When leaving the courtroom Grant-Poyser, who was wearing a pink and blue checked shirt, made a peace sign and Berhane waved to the public gallery.
Defence lawyer Stephen Earnshaw said on the day of the incident Grant-Poyser was invited to the address and stayed for some time before leaving and coming back with Berhane.
He said his client had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Asperger syndrome, saying: "That inevitably has had an effect on his thinking."
Grant-Poyser's mother told the court that he had ADHD as a child, which meant he was hyperactive and ran away a lot. She said: "It affected his schooling profoundly."
She said they took Wandsworth Council to court over his education and received a record amount at the time.
The court heard that Grant-Poyser has had continuous issues with his medication over the years and was not given medication while on remand in prison.
His mother said: "Since he's been in custody, he's been moved to every single wing of the prison because of hyperactivity."
Berhane's lawyer Missouri Khalid said his actions were completely out of character.
He said: "It's been devastating for his family and mother. These are the best years of his life and unfortunately they will be wasted in prison for a significant length of time."
He said the male victim did not suffer serious injuries and would often visit the property in Leatherhead to take drugs with Ms Crouch.
Mr Khalid added: "If Mr Jackson was smoking drugs with a 25-year-old woman and going there knowing she is taking crack cocaine, there's an element of maturity."
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