Jail for Newport robber who kicked man’s head ‘like a rugby ball’ and taunted police

South Wales Argus: CAUGHT: Craig Fletcher now faces eight years in prison CAUGHT: Craig Fletcher now faces eight years in prison

A VICIOUS robber who kicked a man’s head ‘like a rugby ball’ went on the run for four months while sending taunts to police that he could not be caught.

But justice finally caught up with 24-year-old Craig Fletcher and he was yesterday jailed for eight years.

Fletcher of Jones Street, Newport had been part of an armed gang who carried out an aggravated burglary a flat on Church Street on October 11 last year.

While on bail for this offence Fletcher attacked and robbed a man at the Premier Stores on Baneswell Road in Newport before going on the run.

At one point he was on a list of Gwent’s ‘most wanted’, sending messages through friends when officers knocked on doors looking for him.

One message said: “I’m so close and yet so far. You’ll never catch me. I’m always watching you.”

DC Simon Thomas, who helped bring Fletcher in, told the Argus he was caught for the original burglary in October after he dropped his keys at the scene of the crime.

DC Thomas said the victim reported hearing someone shout “Open up, armed police.” Five or six men wearing stockings over their faces then forced the front door to the block of flats of Church Street, ran upstairs and threatened the victim with a Taser and a plank of wood, said DC Thomas.

The men fled with an XBox and a television, but a set of keys was found at the scene with a Swalec electricity key fob attached, registered to Fletcher.

He was arrested but denied involvement, and said he had been out drinking and lost his keys.

Fletcher was remanded in custody, then released on bail.

DC Thomas said Fletcher was at Premier Stores, on Baneswell Road, Newport on April 1 when he ripped £50 to £60 out of a man’s hand.

DC Thomas said the man asked for it back, which Fletcher did, before punching him in the face.

The victim’s feet left the ground and he fell into the gutter unconscious.

DC Thomas then described Fletcher lining up the victim’s head ‘like a rugby ball’ and kicked and stamped around ten times, before taking the cash and running away.

Fletcher was identified on CCTV by police but evaded capture sending the taunting messages.

He was caught in Allt-yr-yn and admitted robbery, but still denied aggravated burglary. He stood trial and was found guilty by jury.

Appearing at Newport Crown Court on Thursday, Judge David Wynn Morgan sentenced Fletcher to 42 months in custody for aggravated burglary, and 54 months for robbery, to run consecutively.

He will serve at least half his sentence before being released on licence.

Judge Morgan gave credit for Fletcher’s early guilty plea in respect of the robbery, as well as his young age and the fact he had written to apologise to the victim through the CPS.

The Argus approached Harding Evans Solicitors, representing Fletcher, but they did not wish to make any additional comment.

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10:39am Fri 12 Oct 12

pinpong says...

Nasty evil boy. Give him 10 years
Nasty evil boy. Give him 10 years pinpong

11:10am Fri 12 Oct 12

Dai the Milk says...

Off with his head.
Off with his head. Dai the Milk

3:14pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Lee Nazer says...

I wonder what excuse he gives from his past that made him the little **** he is !
I wonder what excuse he gives from his past that made him the little **** he is ! Lee Nazer

3:25pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Lee Nazer says...

I'm sorry to hear that Judge Morgan refer to this evil persons young age. He's 24... When does judge Morgan think one is old enough to know RIGHT from WRONG I want to know ???.Oh and saying sorry makes it okay ? I don't think so .
I'm sorry to hear that Judge Morgan refer to this evil persons young age. He's 24... When does judge Morgan think one is old enough to know RIGHT from WRONG I want to know ???.Oh and saying sorry makes it okay ? I don't think so . Lee Nazer

4:05pm Fri 12 Oct 12

cwmbran man says...

Proper sentencing in grim conditions would cure a lot of the countries woes, unfortunately we are never going to get it.
Proper sentencing in grim conditions would cure a lot of the countries woes, unfortunately we are never going to get it. cwmbran man

9:42pm Fri 12 Oct 12

chris227 says...

he must be a criminal mastermind he fled with a xbox AND a television (how could he get away with so much in this day and age) must be worth at least a couple of hundred quid. Newport say no more
he must be a criminal mastermind he fled with a xbox AND a television (how could he get away with so much in this day and age) must be worth at least a couple of hundred quid. Newport say no more chris227

10:57pm Fri 12 Oct 12

mikewelsh says...

chris227 wrote:
he must be a criminal mastermind he fled with a xbox AND a television (how could he get away with so much in this day and age) must be worth at least a couple of hundred quid. Newport say no more
then he had no Electric to use them ...!!!!.... errr wheres the swalec key,
[quote][p][bold]chris227[/bold] wrote: he must be a criminal mastermind he fled with a xbox AND a television (how could he get away with so much in this day and age) must be worth at least a couple of hundred quid. Newport say no more[/p][/quote]then he had no Electric to use them ...!!!!.... errr wheres the swalec key, mikewelsh

11:37pm Fri 12 Oct 12

smokintheweed says...

Seems like a perfectly reasonable young man. I'd trust him to babysit my children.

He's misunderstood.
Seems like a perfectly reasonable young man. I'd trust him to babysit my children. He's misunderstood. smokintheweed

9:00am Sat 13 Oct 12

Riley2012 says...

This is a typical case due to the weak law and order in this country, this excuse for a person is what is breeding around our street's, total scum, i would send them to the front line then see how tough they are, they say he will serve half his time wow i bet that will shape him up (not ).
This is a typical case due to the weak law and order in this country, this excuse for a person is what is breeding around our street's, total scum, i would send them to the front line then see how tough they are, they say he will serve half his time wow i bet that will shape him up (not ). Riley2012

9:03am Sat 13 Oct 12

Riley2012 says...

Just look at the photo, the light's are on, but no one is in, brain dead scum that is what they are.
Just look at the photo, the light's are on, but no one is in, brain dead scum that is what they are. Riley2012

9:03am Sat 13 Oct 12

ncfcr says...

What a loser. Probably preying on vulnerable people as well. Come and try and pinch my stuff when you come out if you like, you absolute scumbag.
What a loser. Probably preying on vulnerable people as well. Come and try and pinch my stuff when you come out if you like, you absolute scumbag. ncfcr

10:44am Sat 13 Oct 12

SizzlerTrainers says...

ncfcr wrote:
What a loser. Probably preying on vulnerable people as well. Come and try and pinch my stuff when you come out if you like, you absolute scumbag.
Agreed, low life piece of dirt.
[quote][p][bold]ncfcr[/bold] wrote: What a loser. Probably preying on vulnerable people as well. Come and try and pinch my stuff when you come out if you like, you absolute scumbag.[/p][/quote]Agreed, low life piece of dirt. SizzlerTrainers

5:43pm Sat 13 Oct 12

Hevsym says...

He had credit from the judge for pleading guilty, does the judge not know that he will get an automatic lighter sentence for pleading guilty? he didn't do it because he was sorry or regretted doing it.
He had credit from the judge for pleading guilty, does the judge not know that he will get an automatic lighter sentence for pleading guilty? he didn't do it because he was sorry or regretted doing it. Hevsym

12:50am Sun 14 Oct 12

Darren_Thomas says...

Hevsym wrote:
He had credit from the judge for pleading guilty, does the judge not know that he will get an automatic lighter sentence for pleading guilty? he didn't do it because he was sorry or regretted doing it.
Agreed - Although now he is in the uk's 'soft' prison system, he will get an xbox and a TV for free..

Its about time they brought in proper punishment - not this namby pamby cotton wool system...
[quote][p][bold]Hevsym[/bold] wrote: He had credit from the judge for pleading guilty, does the judge not know that he will get an automatic lighter sentence for pleading guilty? he didn't do it because he was sorry or regretted doing it.[/p][/quote]Agreed - Although now he is in the uk's 'soft' prison system, he will get an xbox and a TV for free.. Its about time they brought in proper punishment - not this namby pamby cotton wool system... Darren_Thomas

2:29am Sun 14 Oct 12

smokintheweed says...

He is one handsome mofo. You can't deny that! looks like a young Cary Grant.
He is one handsome mofo. You can't deny that! looks like a young Cary Grant. smokintheweed

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