Banbury man sentenced for affray and robbery

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A 31-year-old man has been convicted of affray and robbery offences in Banbury.

Ryan Kane, of Juniper Court, Banbury, pleaded guilty to a count of affray and one count of robbery at a hearing at Oxford Crown Court on Monday, August 22.

Ryan Kane, from Banbury, was sentenced to 30 months in prison NNL-160826-115238001

Ryan Kane, from Banbury, was sentenced to 30 months in prison NNL-160826-115238001

The robbery happened last year on October 17. At around 1am Mr Kane, who was in the company of three other men, approached the victim, a 48-year-old man who was in Edmunds Road, Banbury, and demanded money, threatening to set his friends on him if he did not hand any over.

The victim handed over some money and Mr Kane left. Mr Kane was charged with the robbery on November 23 2015.

On February 27 of this year Mr Kane forced entry to a property in Prescott Avenue, Banbury, while the victim, a 27-year-old man, was asleep.

Mr Kane demanded money from the victim and ransacked the property looking for money.

When Mr Kane was challenged by the victim, he forced the victim on to a bed, held him by the throat and held a knife to the victim’s throat. The victim agreed to get some money out of a cash machine and was able to escape to safety.

He was arrested the following day, February 28, and was charged in connection with the affray on February 29 2016.

Mr Ryan was sentenced at the same hearing to 16 months’ imprisonment for the affray and 14 months’ imprisonment for the robbery, to run consecutively, making a total sentence of 30 months’ imprisonment.

Investigating officer Det Con Darren Pomroy, from Banbury Force CID, said: “Both of these offences threatened violence which were distressing to Kane’s victims.

“The affray was a particularly nasty attack on a man in his own home which left him frightened for his safety for some time after the offence.

“The attack in Prescott Avenue is a rare event for the area Thames Valley Police will not tolerate this type of violent offences and will make every effort to ensure offenders are identified, arrested and brought before the courts. I was pleased Kane took responsibility for his actions and that the sentence passed reflects the serious nature of the offences.”