Sunderland woman bit robbery victim to steal BlackBerry

Jessica Prentice
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A STREET robber who bit and threatened to stab her victim in a terrifying attack has been jailed.

Jessica Prentice demanded a 22-year-old woman’s Blackberry phone in Sunderland city centre and then bit her arm when she refused to hand it over.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 22-year-old attacker warned: “I will put my knife in you” when the owner tried to get it back.

Prentice, of Donnison Gardens, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to robbery, which happened last September.

She has previous convictions for violence, including a previous robbery.

Judge Esmond Faulks jailed her for two years.

The judge said: “You threatened her with violence and you actually bit her forearm. “When she asked you for the phone back you threatened to stab her and cause her all manner of injury if she did not go away.

“Street robbery is a serious offence.”

The judge said Prentice must not speak to or contact her victim, who she knew, under the terms of an indefinite restraining order.

Jamie Adams, defending, said Prentice has a “complete lack of any self esteem”.

Mr Adams said Prentice will abide by the order to stay away from the victim.

Prosecutor Bridie Smurthwaite told the court: “The defendant tried to grab the phone off her and shouted ‘I will punch you all over’.

“The defendant leaned forward and bit her right forearm.

“The complainant released the grip on her phone.

“The victim asked for her phone back , which the defendant refused and was threatening, saying ‘if you come anywhere near me I will put my knife in you.”