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Two men convicted after knife-point theft

11 Apr 2018 11:00 AM

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Two men are facing jail after assaulting and threatening a man with a knife in Newcastle city centre.

Shariff Kalimba, 21, of Dunholme Road, Newcastle, and Tyler Duncan, 21, of Clive Place, Byker, have both pleaded guilty to assaulting a 31-year-old male on Clayton Street in October 2017. They also admitted a charge of theft.

A third man, Naseem Aslam, 18, of Arndale House, Birtley, pleaded guilty to a single charge of theft.

A court heard this week that Kalimba and Duncan were both carrying knives and set upon their victim twice in quick succession, first near to the junction of Falconer’s Court and again minutes later on the junction of Fenkles Street.

They – along with Aslam - made away with a black bag and removed a can of Lynx deodorant before discarding it, before a second confrontation occurred.

Cash and earphones were then taken from the victim’s jacket pocket.

After CCTV cameras revealed the offenders’ location, police arrested the group and retrieved the two knives, and also found Class A and Class B drugs in Duncan’s possession.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Matthew Murray said: “This was a cowardly act on an unassuming victim which understandably caused considerable distress.

“As a force, we are committed to taking action against those responsible for serious offences such as assault, theft and carrying weapons.

“We recognise such offences can cause a great deal of concern in our communities and that’s why we’re focused on making sure offenders are caught and face the consequences of their actions.”

All three men were convicted at court on April 4 and are to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday, May 4.