Teenager and man, 26, jailed for part in attempted robbery in St Ives

Ali Akbar

Ali Akbar - Credit: Archant

A man who was involved in an attempted robbery where a taser was used and who later intimidated a witness has been jailed for more than two years.

Ali Akbar, 26, attended a party in Broadway, St Ives, uninvited on November 7 last year. The court heard how Akbar and a 15-year-old boy from Huntingdon, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, threatened another teenage boy and demanded money. The 15-year-old boy also assaulted a teenage girl with a taser before leaving the scene.

The pair were later arrested by the police firearms unit and the taser recovered.

The court also heard how on November 14, when on bail, Akbar intimidated a teenage witness in an attempt to persuade her to withdraw her statement.

Akbar, of Sallowbush Road, Huntingdon, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and witness intimidation. Yesterday (March 21) at Peterborough Crown Court he was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

The 15-year-old boy from Huntingdon also pleaded guilty. He was sentenced on the same day to 18 months in prison for possession of a prohibited weapon, four months for a breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order and four months for witness intimidation, all to run concurrently.

Detective sergeant Sarah Sleaford said: “Akbar showed no remorse for his actions and was prepared to resort to witness intimidation in an attempt to escape justice.

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“I hope that the sentence today brings some closure to the victims and allows them to carry on with their lives.”