'Cowardly' robber fails in appeal bid.
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A TOP judge branded a cannabis addict a coward, after he attacked a woman and threatened her dog to try to get money to buy more drugs.
Kieron Anthony Makin, 27, was suffering cannabis withdrawal and decided to rob the middle-aged Widnes woman of her phone.
He failed to take her phone as she fought back, and ran off empty-handed.
Makin was jailed for 42 months for the attempted robbery at Warrington Crown Court last November, and yesterday appealed against the length of his sentence.
But Lord Justice Treacy rejected his appeal, saying: "This was a middle-aged woman in a secluded area.
"He wouldn't have picked on a 6ft 2ins 30-year-old with his friends in the street."
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The court heard Makin had accosted the woman as she walked to a corner shop early on the morning of February 1 last year.
He grabbed her from behind in Dundalk Road, and told her he Lord Justice Treacy would hurt her dog if she did not give him her phone.
The woman was terrified and panicstricken, but fought back and ran off screaming.
Makin was suspected of the attempted robbery at the time, but subsequently moved to Carpenters Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham.
He was later arrested and identified by the woman in a line-up.
Questioned, he said he had "no choice" but to rob someone, and said the victim "would have got over it".
But Mrs Justice Andrews, sitting with Lord Justice Treacy and Judge Eleri Rees QC, said the victim had not "got over it".
Nine months later, she was still suffering physical pain, had experienced longstanding distress and anxiety, and was fearful of going out alone.
His lawyers argued that 42 months was too tough, because he had not used a weapon, the injuries were not serious and it was not a completed robbery.
Dismissing the appeal, Judge Rees said: "This was a very serious offence against a lone woman in a secluded area in the hours of darkness.
"He was deliberately looking for a mobile phone to steal, in order to feed a cannabis habit he had no intention of giving up.
"We do not consider that the sentence of 42 months' immediate custody can be described as manifestly excessive.
"This appeal is therefore dismissed."
This was a middleaged woman in a secluded area. He wouldn't have picked on a 6ft 2ins 30-yearold with his friends in the street. Lord Justice Treacy
Kieron Anthony Makin, 27