Thief who shoved Telford guard is locked up

A prolific thief who pushed a 57-year-old security guard down a flight of stairs so he could escape with stolen perfume and aftershave has been jailed for 72 weeks.

Barry McCambridge and Robin Williams
Barry McCambridge and Robin Williams

But Barry McCambridge, who left Robin Williams unconscious and lying on the floor in a pool of blood, will only serve six months because of the amount of time he has already been in prison awaiting sentence.

Stafford Crown Court heard grandfather Mr Williams suffered a nine-inch gash to his head which required 19 stitches.

He has still not returned to work at Telford town centre since the incident in August this year.

Judge John Maxwell said he had to abide by sentencing guidelines when passing judgment on McCambridge yesterday.

But father-of-two Mr Williams today said he was ‘disgusted’ at the sentence and felt let down by the justice system.

Alcoholic McCambridge told police he had taken the cosmetics, which were found dumped, from Debenhams, on August 30 because he wanted to sell them to buy beer.

The 23-year-old, of Wigmores, Woodside, had admitted causing actual bodily harm and stealing perfume and aftershave worth £126.

He had also admitted to separate offences of making off without paying an £8.80 taxi fare on July 22 and then threatening the driver with a kitchen knife.

Mr Paul Farrow, prosecuting, said since 2001 McCambridge had amassed 23 convictions for 49 separate offences.

Mr Mark Sharman, for McCambridge, said alcohol was at the root of his offending. He said his client had managed to stop drinking for a period of time, but returned to it after the death of his grandfather.

Judge Maxwell said for a young man McCambridge had built up a ‘shocking record’.He sentenced McCambridge to 72 weeks in total for all the offences.

But since he must only serve half of the term in prison, and has already been in jail for 68 days on remand, he will be released in just over six months.

His victim Mr Williams said: “I think it’s disgusting to tell you the truth. I feel let down by the system.”