Thug Yanis Kozlovskis jailed for Stanley knife robbery in Gravesend
by Julia Roberts
A thug who robbed a man at knifepoint in his own home has been
jailed for more than six years.
Yanis Kozlovskis, 21, brandished a Stanley knife at the face of
Daniel Gilson while demanding money.
Mr Gilson was at his maisonette in Medhurst Gardens, Gravesend,
looking after his children when he was confronted by the unlicensed
boxer on August 1 last year.
Maidstone Crown Court heard after a brief conversation,
Kozlovskis (pictured right) grabbed Mr Gilson and forced him to
hand over £30.
Ordering Mr Gilson "not to run", he then took him to a nearby
shop to obtain another £30 before fleeing.
The court was told that the following day text messages were
sent to Mr Gilson in which he was threatened if he did not retract
his police statement.
Kozlovskis, of Maidstone Road, Rochester, admitted robbery and
witness intimidation .
However, a judge today rejected his basis of plea that the
offence did not occur in Mr Gilson's home and he was not armed with
Jailing Kozlovskis for six years and eight months, Judge Martin
Joy said he had lived an "utterly anti-social" life, with previous
convictions for drugs, violence and dishonesty.
"In this case it must have been extremely frightening," he
added. "The possession and use of that weapon, the degree of force,
the duration of the robbery and the degree of fear that you caused
I have taken all into account."
The judge also told father-of-one Kozlovskis that there had to
be a consecutive sentence for the offence of intimidation.
"Justice cannot be done unless people are free to report matters
without fear of reprisals."
Yanis Kozlovskis was
jailed at Maidstone Crown Court
Philip Sinclair, defending, told the court Kozlovskis had acted
out of character and that while it was a violent offence, Mr Gilson
only sustained a minor graze-like injury.
He also said the texts had been sent by another person as
Kozlovskis could not read or write.
However, he was aware of their context.
One said: "This needs to be sorted without violence. Just
retract but if he gets nicked and it's because of you, you are
Mr Gilson told police in a victim impact statement that he was
"genuinely fearful of reprisals" following the text messages and
was concerned for his children.
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