A robber pinned against a wall by a woman until police arrived is starting a three-and-a-half year prison sentence.
Anis Bardich, 20, was convicted of trying to rob a man in Canterbury in the early hours of April 9 last year.
Canterbury Crown Court heard that Bardich feigned falling into the victim who was walking in the High Street.
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He then held on to him and refused to let go, which allowed an unidentified person to steal a wallet from the back pocket.
The victim tried to defend himself, but was punched repeatedly to the face before being kicked in the back.
He was able to keep hold of Bardich’s legs and called out for help. A woman passing noticed the scuffle and helped overpower Bardich, keeping him pinned against a wall.
As police arrived, Bardich was abusive to passers-by and threatened to fight officers.
On Friday the defendant, who lives in Milton Road, Gravesend, was convicted of robbery and actual bodily harm.
Det Con Terry Seager, the investigating officer for this case, said: “The distraction used in this case was to hug the victim whilst his wallet was stolen.
“When the victim realised what was occurring he was beaten by several individuals, including the defendant.
“Unfortunately for the defendant he did not count on the heroic actions of a passing member of the public, nor the outrage of the victim who refused to let go of him.
“All praise for the success of this case is purely down to those two persons.
“Kent Police will always strive for a prosecution for theft and violence wherever possible, leaving no stone unturned in the investigation.
“This is a fact that I am sure Bardich will reflect on whilst serving his sentence.”