Telford crime spree thug, 26, jailed for seven years

By Rob Smith | Telford | Crime | Published:

A man has been jailed for a crime spree across Telford that included a robbery where he his victim needed stitches.

Matthew McNab

Matthew McNab, 26, was jailed for seven years and 10 months for burglary, robbery, sexual assault, criminal damage, possessing cannabis and a knife, assault and fraud, which he carried out between June and August 2016.

He admitted the offences in June last year and was sentenced in Shrewsbury Crown Court this week.

Peter Gilmour, prosecuting, told the court that in June 2016 at the Foresters Arms pub, in Madeley, McNab sexually assaulted a waitress after she told him he could not take his drink outside.

The court also heard on June 14 that McNab had an altercation with William Haines, landlord of the Barley Mow, also in Madeley.

Mr Gilmour said: “Mr McNab was sitting on a bench outside the Barley Mow, drinking lager.

“The landlord William Haines came out of the pub and asked him to leave.

“There was some prior working relationship between the two. There was an argument in the doorway and this defendant headbutted the landlord. The landlord’s two sons then pushed the defendant out of the door.”

The court heard a four-inch knife fell out of McNab’s pocket but he had not intended to use it.


McNab trespassed in two houses in August 2016, one in Coronation Crescent, Madeley, the other in Waltondale, Woodside, the court heard.

Mr Gilmour said nothing had been taken from the Madeley address but a television, games console, bicycle, lockbox, mobile phone and bank cards were missing from Waltondale.

McNab was later seen trying to use some of the stolen bank cards to make payment at a branch of Tesco. He and another male also punched a man on a path in the Sutton Hill and took his iPod. Later, the two men attacked another man in the same area and took his phone.

Finally, McNab smashed a kitchen window in the Woodside area.

McNab pleaded guilty to all the charges. He will serve half his sentence on licence.

Representing McNab, who had 31 previous convictions, Mr Paul Smith said he “lacked emotional coping mechanisms”.

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.


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