Cleethorpes man found guilty following January morning of crime

Cleethorpes man John Cooper

Cleethorpes man found guilty following January morning of crime

34-year-old John Cooper of Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes was today found guilty of grievous bodily harm, robbery, possession of a knife, shop theft and seven counts of fraud by false representation.

Mr Cooper appeared in court charged with the offences, all of which took place on Saturday 23 January.

The court heard how he began the morning by stealing sweets and a jar of coffee from a shop on St Peters Avenue in Cleethorpes.

Afterwards, he followed a man home from the same shop, striking him on the head with the coffee jar and stamping on his face, leaving the victim with serious injuries.

As the man got back on his feet, Mr Cooper then threatened him with a knife.

He proceeded to steal his bank cards and used these to buy cigarettes, alcohol and other goods from shops on Carr Lane in Cleethorpes and Albion Street and Victor Street in Grimsby.

DC Connolly, leading the investigation, said: “The only place that John Cooper deserves to be is behind bars, so I welcome the sentence imposed on him today.

“He left this man fearing for his life and with serious physical injuries, although I’m sure this ordeal will affect the man for a lot longer.

“We are absolutely committed to taking violent offenders like Mr Cooper off Grimsby’s streets, and will continue to robustly deal with those who believe this kind of behaviour is acceptable.”

He has been sentenced to five years in prison.

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