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Man jailed after used condom links him to violent robbery

25 Oct 2017

A man who robbed a woman at gunpoint has been jailed after we traced his DNA that was left behind in a used condom.

Mohammed Sillah, 18, of Bembridge Gardens, Luton, had arranged to have sex with a woman for money at a house in Bedford in February.

Despite wearing black gloves throughout his time at the property, Sillah left his condom in a bin before threatening the victim and a friend with an imitation gun. He made off with cash, a mobile phone, computer consoles and a collection of watches, but we were able to identify Sillah from his DNA left at the scene.

On Thursday (19 October) he was sentenced to five and a half years imprisonment.

Detective Constable Matt Stonnell, who investigated the case, said: “This was a pre-planned attack, and a highly distressing crime against a woman in an extremely vulnerable situation. Violent crime will not be tolerated at Bedfordshire Police and we are committed to pursuing those responsible.

“This is a fitting sentence for a dangerous man who thought nothing of frightening his victims with what they perceived to be a viable firearm. I hope this result reassures people that we take reports like this extremely seriously, and will do all we can to bring offenders to justice and protect victims of crime.”

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