Robbery, sometimes referred to as mugging, involves the use of force, intimidation or threats when taking or attempting to take something of value off another person.
Robbery offences may happen in businesses, such as banks or service stations. This is what most people think of when they hear the term “robbery”. However, most robberies occur in the street or public space against individuals and for small items of personal property such as wallets, money and mobile phones. Many young people believe that street robbery (commonly referred to as ‘rolling’) is a different crime. In fact, most young people do not even understand that ‘rolling’ someone is a robbery offence.
Robbery is a very serious offence and penalties are severe usually comprising terms of imprisonment, particularly for adults (over 18).
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ROBBING A BANK OR ROBBING A PERSON?
No. If threats or violence are used to get somebody to hand over property, it is a robbery offence regardless of whether the victim was a person in the street, or a person working behind the counter in a bank, service station or shop.
WHAT IS ARMED ROBBERY?
The use of the word ‘armed’ in robbery, usually means that a person has in their possession a weapon which is used for the purpose of committing the offence. Furthermore, if a person has a weapon which is available for the purposes of committing a robbery, they may still be ‘armed’ even if they are not physically holding a weapon. A replica pistol constitutes being ‘armed’ as well.
It is commonly thought that weapons comprise only firearms (include replica guns), flick knifes, knuckle dusters, slingshots, laser pointers, maces etc.). These are considered ‘prohibited weapons’.
Weapons also include things such as baseball bats, sticks, scissors, syringes, or any object that is used or intended to be used to threaten someone with harm. These are considered ‘offensive weapons’.
Should you, or anyone you know, need any help, in relation to robbery, or any other offences, contact Lawson Legal for a free initial consultation with one of our experienced criminal lawyers.