Train robbers who targeted sleeping passenger jailed
PUBLISHED: 12:31 16 August 2010
Train robbers who targeted a sleeping passenger were jailed for a total of five and a half years last Friday (13).
John Pilime, 21, of Pointer Close, Thamesmead, and Jesiah Yee-Mon, 22, of Sun Court, Erith, launched an attack with a third man on a 29-year-old commuter from Harrow as he tried to sleep on a train from Woolwich Arsenal two years ago.
They punched and kicked him repeatedly before dragging him to the carriage floor and demanding money.
Detective Constable Paula Eustace of British Transport Police’s Robbery Squad said: “The victim said he didn’t have any cash on him, but that they could take his wallet nonetheless.
“They then snatched his wallet from his pocket with such force that it ripped his trousers, leaving the victim fearing for his safety.”
The trio left the train at Charlton and a concerned passenger comforted the victim and raised the alarm.
The victim of the attack was taken by ambulance to St Thomas’ Hospital in Lambeth, for treatment for cuts, bruising and swelling to his right eye and jaw.
Police identified Pilime and Yee-Mon on CCTV and they were arrested at their home address after the images were circulated on police intelligence systems.
The third man involved in the incident on August 15, 2008, remains unidentified.
Pilime pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and was jailed for three years at Southwark Crown Court.
Yee-Mon, who was convicted by a jury at an earlier hearing, was sentenced to two and a half years in custody.
DC Eustace added: “This was a frightening experience for the victim, who was simply trying to make his way home after work.
“I hope the prison sentences handed down to this pair send out a clear message that such unprovoked and wanton violence will not be tolerated by the police or the courts.”
Anyone with information on the third suspect can call British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or, to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.