Kieran Blunden, 35, and of Honeysuckle Walk, Horsham, pleaded guilty to robbery on September 25 at Lewes Crown Court, following the shocking incident at Littlehaven railway station last year, British Transport Police said.
On Friday September 25, a judge sentenced him to seven years in prison – comprising of a four-year custodial sentence and a three-year extension period, a spokesman added. He is also required to pay a victim surcharge of £181.
At 5.10pm on Friday June 28 2019, Blunden, 33 at the time, approached a pregnant woman who was seated at the station and snatched the laptop she was using out of her hands.
The police spokesman said: “The woman tried to take the laptop back, but Blunden struck her in the face to stop her and ran away.
“Making off with the laptop under his arm, Blunden headed down the platform, jumped over the level crossing barriers and crossed the tracks, falling over in the process. He got to his feet and was pursued into a residential area by a witness, but got away.”
During the chase the witness shouted at him to stop and come back, to which Blunden replied ‘it’s my laptop’, the spokesman added. CCTV footage of the incident at Littlehaven station was acquired and circulated to local police officers resulting in Blunden being identified due to previous dealings with officers.
He said: “In the early hours of the morning on Sunday 30 June 2019, Blunden, who was in police custody for an unrelated matter, was arrested for the offence.”
British Transport Police Detective Constable, Imogen Sweeney, said: “This was a shocking and brazen incident in broad daylight involving a pregnant woman. We will always pursue offenders carrying out crimes of this nature in the strongest possible terms.
“I would like to thank the victim for her continued support throughout the investigation, as well as the members of the public that came forward. I am grateful to the courts for the strong sentence imposed on the defendant.”