Victim was robbed in alleyway

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A DRUG addict followed his victim home from the Metro before robbing him in a dark alley.

Gareth Wilde had taken 40 valium tablets on March 31, before he pounced on vulnerable Philip Dixon.

Mr Dixon had been travelling from Newcastle Central Station to Park Lane, in Sunderland, when he became worried at Wilde’s behaviour.

Both got off and Mr Dixon realised he had been followed by the defendant down an alley, who then shoved him into the wall before demanding money from him and taking his mobile phone.

Wilde was spotted by a police officer soon after and arrested.

The 29-year-old, of Felling, Gateshead, admitted robbery.

Rachel Hedworth, defending, said her client had struggled with an ongoing drug problem and had been intoxicated on the night.

She said: “He has shown clear and utter remorse, he has made admissions of guilt at the first opportunity.

“He had a huge problem with drugs and has for some time. He is now drug free.”

Wilde was jailed for 17 months.

Judge James Goss said: “These are serious crimes.”