A goofy criminal yelled his own name during an armed street robbery, making life easier for the investigating officers. Kyle Wood, 34, who also has a distinctive teardrop tattoo on his cheek, had carried out two separate street robberies on young men who, moments before, had gotten off a bus and were both walking to their respective homes in Long Eatons, Derbyshire.
Armed with a knife, he demanded their belongings, leaving one of them in fear for his life, reports DerbyshireLive. Then, when a bystander screamed and tried to intervene during the second crime, the defendant proudly told the man, “Don’t get involved, you know who I am? I’m Kyle Wood, keep the f*** out.”
Wood told Derby Crown Court: “I don’t care, I’m a big bad wolf.” He then refused to stay in a prison bond to find out his fate. During the sentencing hearing, Wood said “get me out of here” before banging on the door to be let out of the video link room at HMP Nottingham. The court was told that Wood has been known to self-medicate with crack.
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Jailing the heavily convicted drug addict for three years and eight months, recorder Graham Huston said: “These two victims were robust young men, but they got off the bus and were accosted by you holding a razor and for a moment one of They feared for their own lives.”
Sarah Allen, a prosecutor, said both robberies took place shortly after midnight on August 30 last year. She said the first victim had just gotten off a Nottingham bus and was walking home when the defendant approached her on Derby Road.
The prosecutor said: “The victim heard a commotion and thought someone was begging and didn’t realize it, but Mr Wood approached him, raised a knife and demanded that he hand over what was on him. He gave him his mobile phone, got home and I called the police.”
Miss Allen said moments later that a second man, who had gotten off the same bus, was also walking home with headphones on when Wood, of Clarence Road, Long Eaton, started walking past him. She said the victim took off her headphones and asked her what she wanted and the stabber asked “how much money do you have?”
The prosecutor said: “(Co-defendant) Aimi Turner ran up and both demanded money from her, pulling her hair as Mr Wood drew the knife and held it against the victim’s back.
“He said he could feel the point of the blade so he took out his wallet and handed over £10. Another pedestrian tried to intervene and yelled at the defendants and was told ‘don’t get involved, do you know who I am? I’m Kyle Wood, stay away.”
Ms Allen said police were called to the scene and both defendants were arrested a short time later. In her interviews, Turner, a 36-year-old mother from North Road, Long Eaton, denied any role in either burglary but later pleaded guilty to the second.
Wood told police he was “ashamed of his actions and does stupid things.” He pleaded guilty to both robbery, possession of a knife, and threatening someone with a sharp item.
In a victim impact statement, the second man robbed said: “Because it all happened so fast, I didn’t have a moment to stay calm and when he put the knife in my back, I feared for my life.”
Matthew Smith of Wood said his client, who has 19 convictions for 60 crimes, wrote apology letters to both victims and committed the crimes during “a moment of self-destruction.”
He said: “When his life goes off the rails, it’s a concern because when he stops taking his prescription drug, he self-medicates with crack.”
Olivia Beach, for Turner, said her client had served the equivalent of a 14-month sentence since he was sent to prison in August last year. That defendant received a 19-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with 25 rehabilitation sessions and a 12-month mental health treatment program.