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A ROBBER who held-up a Thurrock man with a meat cleaver has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Nathan McKenzie, 23, of Aluric Close, Grays, committed the robbery on Valentine’s Day.
His victim – a man in his 30s – had left Grays railway station and was walking along Church Path at 8.30pm when McKenzie and an accomplice attacked him from behind.
They punched him in the face and cut his leg, then pinned him from behind and threatened him.
They stole his bag and wallet, then fled – with the victim giving chase.
A subsequent police investigation found the men had got into a taxi outside the train station. The taxi then dropped one of them at the Post Office in Riverview, Chadwell St Marty, where he was captured on CCTV trying and failing to make a transaction.
However, cards from the victim’s stolen wallet were used to make a number of purchases totalling more than £370.
When police obtained CCTV of these fraudulent purchases, they identified one of the offences as by McKenzie.
When officers went to arrest McKenzie, he was observed disposing of a knife in a nearby bin. He was ultimately charges with robbery, possessing a knife in a public place, possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and fraud by false representation.
He pleaded guilty to all charges at Basildon Crown Court last week.
Investigating officer PC Paul Lamb, from Grays CID, said: “Nathan McKenzie is a dangerous offender who appears to have few concerns about threatening violence to get what he wants.
“He carried out a litany of offences, including carrying weapons in a very public place. This is simply not acceptable.
“Diligent work by our officers led to him being identified and he now faces significant time behind bars. Essex will no doubt be a safer place with him in prison, and I hope he takes the opportunity to reflect on his actions.”