Dec 6 2012 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
A VIOLENT robber who strangled his victim so forcefully that the man passed out has been jailed for 10 years.
Mark Sanclemente, 32, along with a second suspect, stole a large amount of money from a man in Douglas Avenue, Wembley, who was carrying the takings from his family’s Oxford Street business.
The 29-year-old victim was punched and strangled until he fell unconscious and the cash was carried away by the defendant and his accomplice.
They made off in a stolen BMW displaying false number plates and were pursued by a motorist who saw the attack.
The duo crashed their BMW into the witnesses car and fled the scene in two other vehicles waiting nearby.
Brent Police officers arrived, together with specialist firearms officers and a police dog, and managed to recover some of the money taken from the victim.
The incident happened on May 4, at 9.50pm, and Sanclemente was arrested on June 14 by Surrey Police while driving on the M25.
The 32-year-old, of Ellerslie Road, Shepherd’s Bush, was convicted of robbery on Friday last week following a two-week trial at Harrow Crown Court and was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.
Detective Constable Tom Palmer, from the priority crime unit at Wembley Police Station, said: “This was a particularly violent robbery in which a large amount of money was taken and I am delighted that the sentence reflects this.
“The defendant was identified following extensive enquiries by Brent priority crime unit and was arrested with the assistance of Surrey Police.
“I hope this emphasises the determination of officers to pursue offenders wherever the investigation leads.
“I would like to commend the bravery of the witness who pursued the robbers and the courage of the victim in giving evidence about this traumatic ordeal.”
Sanclemente’s accomplice has never been traced by police and neither the victim nor witness suffered any injuries.