Seven and Half Year Sentence For Gunpoint Robbery
Police say Joyce Kituba posed a significant risk to Chiswick's community
A Judge sentenced Joyce Kituba to seven and half years in prison after the 20 year old pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm and two counts of robbery.
Kituba initially pleaded not guilty but later changed his plea after being charged in connection with an incident in Bolton Road W4 in May.
Two 17 year olds were walking along Bolton Road when Kituba, who was wearing a black full face balaclava with just his eyes showing, and another unidentified suspect who was wearing a white mask approached them.
The man wearing the white mask held out a black hand gun and pointed it at one of the victims and pressed it into his face demanding they hand over their phones and money before striking one of them across the side of his head.
Later that evening officers from the firearms spotted Kituba walking along Hartington Road. He was found to be carrying a rucksack containing a black full face woollen balaclava and a thick dark hooded top and had three mobile phones in his hand. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery and taken to Hounslow Police Station.
The following day a member of the public called police saying they had found a black hand gun and two surgical gloves in the front garden in Hartington Road just behind the wall of the front garden.
Kituba was sentenced on Friday 13th August 2010 at Isleworth Crown Court to seven and a half years in prison.
DC Jim Coleman of Hounslow Police said “The prompt and effective response by armed officers to apprehend this dangerous individual was key in securing this conviction against him. Valuable evidence was also collected at the scene and used to gain this successful prosecution. Joyce Kituba posed a significant risk to the community, which has now been eliminated by police to ensure public safety.”
August 18, 2010