Ten years’ jail for couplein “nasty” attack

Date: Friday 21st December 2018

A COUPLE who posed as good Samaritans before robbing a foreign national of cash and possessions — including his passport — have been jailed.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that Swedish chef Peter Gustaffson was offered a lift back to his Greystoke workplace by Ian William Main (30), Durham Court, Hebburn, and Toni Claire Woods (37), Elmfield Road, Hebburn, after meeting them by chance in a Penrith fast food restaurant on 17th June, 2017.

But as the pair’s vehicle was driven dangerously in the opposite direction Mr Gustaffson asked to be dropped off. And in a town car park Woods dragged Mr Gustaffson from the vehicle, hitting him before trying to grab a bag which contained around £700, clothing and his passport. Main then joined in the robbery.

Woods later admitted robbery. Main was convicted of his role in the terrifying crime after a trial. He also admitted a reckless arson offence, having set fire to his South Shields home while “deeply unwell” on 28th April this year. Main and Woods were sentenced at the crown court on Thursday. They received jail terms of seven years and three years, respectively, the judge describing the attack as “nasty”.