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Knife-wielding Holloway Road robber is jailed for 12 years

50-year-old threatened pregnant woman by pointing a blade at her stomach during two-month crime spree

19 October, 2018 — By Emily Finch

‘Cowardly career criminal’ Kevin Brandy targeted female shopworkers or customers

A KNIFE wielding robber who locked a Holloway Road nail salon worker in a bathroom has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Kevin Brandy, 50, of Harbridge Avenue, Wandsworth, was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court last Friday after admitting to 10 counts of robbery and 13 counts of possession of an offensive weapon. He was also given an extended licence of five years by the judge.

Brandy was tracked through an unregistered Oyster card which he had used to travel to the various businesses which he robbed.

He was arrested in Putney by officers from Hackney Crime Squad while topping up the Oyster Card and he was in the possession of a rucksack containing three Stanley knives.

Brandy targeted female shopworkers or customers and threatened them with a knife before demanding money during his two-month spree which started in March, this year.

He robbed 10 locations in Hackney, Islington and Camden, including a beauty salon in Holloway Road where he threatened a pregnant woman by pointing a knife to her stomach.

The victims helped identify Brandy after giving consistent descriptions of the knife wielder as wearing a dark green jacket with a fur-trimmed hood or dark shorts and a dark hooded top.

DC Angus Handley, who led the investigation for Hackney CID, said: “Brandy was extremely brazen and did not hesitate to threaten violence during these robberies, deliberately targeting shops with female staff and custom­ers. In each case, he made off with a small amount of money but inflicted seri­ous trauma on his victims who have been extremely brave since their ordeals and in cooperating with police, giving all-important information about the suspect.

“Such was the callous­ness of his offending, amongst the victims were a pregnant woman who had a knife held to her stomach, and a woman with a young baby who was frogmarched to the back of a store at knifepoint.”

The judge called Brandy a “cowardly career criminal” and imposed an extended sentence.

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