A drug dealer who assaulted and robbed a woman in Ladbroke Grove while carrying 60 wraps of cocaine and heroin has been jailed.
Bill Mendes was locked up for more than four years after passers-by witnessed him carry out the brazen attack on a 32-year-old woman in Chesterton Road on September 3.
The 22-year-old was seen assaulting the victim, threatening her with a knife and stealing her mobile phone before calmly walking away.
Police were called and two officers from the mounted branch spotted Mendes, who matched the description given by witnesses to the assault and robbery, in St Helen’s Gardens .
He ran from the police and was seen dropping items as he attempted to flee, but was detained and arrested a short while later.
Officers then returned to the area Mendes, of Cromwell Road in Kensington , was seen dumping items, and found a knife inside the front garden of a residential home and a bag containing 60 wraps of cocaine and heroin.
He was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on December 9 to three years and eight months in jail for supplying Class A drugs, and given a further six months for carrying a knife. The defendant was also told to pay a victim surcharge of £120 and £900 in court costs.
He had admitted to all charges at an earlier hearing at the same court.
Speaking afterwards, Detective Constable Grant McPherson from Kensington and Chelsea CID said: “I want to thank those who witnessed this robbery for providing a very thorough description of the suspect which ultimately lead to him being arrested.
“Drug dealing and use of violence has no place in our society and the police will do whatever we can to put those who cause harm to others before the courts.”