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Margate: Marcus Turner, 31, jailed for four years for robbery

By Katie Davis

An aggressive robber, who was caught after police tracked him via the phone he had just stolen, has been jailed for four years.

As the teenage victim walked through Margate town centre in the early hours of Saturday, May 20 after a night out, he was spotted by 31-year-old Marcus Turner who was standing in Union Row, Margate with a woman.

Turner asked the victim for cash but the victim said no and walked on.

Marcus Turner. Pic Kent Police

Marcus Turner. Pic: Kent Police

The victim was then grabbed by Turner and wrestled to the floor, hitting his hip against the kerb.

The victim’s phone, wallet and other items were stolen.

When two people tried to intervene, Turner warned them that the same would happen to them if they didn’t leave the area immediately.

Turner was seen to walk away after the attack, rummaging through the stolen wallet as he went.

The victim raised the alarm and suffered injuries which required hospital treatment.

Police were able to track the stolen phone to a graveyard near Victoria Road where they found Turner.

By activating a remote alarm on the phone, officers discovered that Turner had hidden the phone in his left sock.

"His actions were violent, bullish and unacceptable. Unfortunately for him, the security settings on most new phones makes them very difficult to steal" - Neil Martin

The stolen wallet and other items were found in the graveyard.

Turner, of Birds Avenue, Margate, carried out the robbery just over a day after he had been released on licence from prison, having been jailed for another robbery last year.

At court he denied the offence but a trial found him guilty of robbery.

He was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court to four years in prison.

Investigating officer detective sergeant Neil Martin said: "Turner thought he could just target a person and take what he wanted.

"His actions were violent, bullish and unacceptable. Unfortunately for him, the security settings on most new phones makes them very difficult to steal.

"Even in court he tried to make up a story about why he had the phone but the jury saw through his lies and he is now back in prison."

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