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Late-night Ilkley mugger has jail term increased
7:00am Thursday 29th August 2013 in Local news
An armed pub raider had his prison sentence increased to five years at Bradford Crown Court after he admitted a late-night street mugging.
Philip Gibb was jailed for four years on June 18 for robbing the Bar t’at pub in Ilkley town centre 15 days earlier.
But Judge Peter Benson, who sentenced him, did not know then that Gibb had snatched an 18-year-old woman’s bag just two days before the pub raid.
Gibb, 31, of Woodlands, Ben Rhydding, has a string of previous convictions, including serving six years for robbery in 2004 when he tied up his victim at a commercial premises.
But he denied the bag snatch when questioned by the police following the Bar t’at robbery.
After he was jailed for four years, Gibb asked to see officers and confessed to the mugging and two burglaries under the police’s ‘clean slate’ procedure.
Last Thursday, Judge Benson added 12 months consecutively to Gibb’s four year stretch.
Prosecutor Heather Weir said the 18-year-old woman was texting and listening to music as she walked from the station at around midnight.
She heard footsteps behind her on Parish Ghyll Drive and her bag was seized from her shoulder.
Police found gloves, jeans and a hooded top linked to Gibb in a nearby dustbin.
The court was told that Gibb had owned up to the mugging, although his victim failed to recognise him at a video identification procedure.
He was remorseful and anxious to clear up the past and look to the future.
Judge Benson said he targeted a vulnerable victim at night as she made her way home.
“You waited until she was in a dark area and pounced, grabbed her bag and made off,” he told Gibb.
During the pub robbery, Gibb threatened to shoot supervisor, Richard Dewhirst, and his two staff members.
He threatened them with a metal pipe, hidden under a black bin bag to make it look like a gun.
Gibb was given loose change and then the £13,356 pub takings, but he was overpowered after falling downstairs and dropping the fake gun.