A Willesden mugger who snatched a woman's £40,000 engagement ring has had his appeal for a reduced sentence rejected.
Pedro Lewis, 35, of Pound Lane, had appealed against the stiff six year sentence he received at Southwark Crown Court last August, after he admitted robbery.
The court heard how Lewis and another man grabbed their "courageous" victim outside her Knightsbridge home and told her, "don't fight", while forcing a diamond ring from her finger.
Today, three senior judges at London's Criminal Appeal Court rejected a sentence challenge by the serial offender, saying his jail term is certainly "not manifestly excessive".
Mr Justice Irwin said Lewis and his accomplice subjected the woman to a "targeted robbery" on July 9, last year, as she left her home in Denbigh House, Knightsbridge. The accomplice grabbed the woman around the neck from behind and put her into a strangle hold so that she could not shout for help and making it difficult for her to breathe.
Lewis held the woman's wrist and tried to remove her diamond engagement ring, worth about £40,000. She lost consciousness and fell to her knees, causing grazes. When she came to again, Lewis told her: "Don't fight".
"She was a courageous woman," the appeal judge said. "She bit the arm of Lewis' accomplice but then Lewis successfully removed the engagement ring from her finger."
The muggers were unable to remove a Rolex watch from the victim's wrist and had to fight off a member of the public who intervened to help her. They eventually made their escape in a waiting car but were caught and caged after police found traces of Lewis's DNA on the Rolex. He was stopped in a speeding car on the North Circular road on July 24, 2014, and arrested, the judge said.
Lewis had a "very bad record", with more than 80 previous convictions. He received a custodial term in August, 2013, for the theft of a handbag containing £33,000 from a woman at Victoria bus station.
Lewis, wearing a blue sweatshirt, watched from prison via a video link as the three judges made their deliberations.
Mr Justice Irwin, sitting with Lord Justice Bean and Judge Paul Batty QC, said: "This appellant has a very bad record. The offence was aggravated by the similarity with the Victoria theft. This sentence was not manifestly excessive. For this reason, the appeal is dismissed."