Jail after iPhone app catches South Tottenham mugger

08:03 25 May 2012

The thief was caught by an "app"

The thief was caught by an "app"

PA Wire/Press Association Images

A free “app” has helped jail a South Tottenham mugger who prised an iPhone from a shocked commuter’s hands.

Munya Chimutengwende was sentenced to 18 months in prison after police tracked him down with the help of the “Find My iPhone” app, which uses GPS to locate missing smartphones.

The 21-year-old, of Talbot Road, was arrested in a branch of McDonald’s in Wood Green shortly after police found the handset in a nearby mobile phone shop - a little over two miles from the spot where he had taken it out of David Landy’s hands as he checked his messages outside Manor House Tube station at about 5.50pm on January 3.

Prosecutor Mandy McLean told Snaresbrook Crown Court how Mr Landy originally tried to hold onto the phone, but gave up after the two men ended up struggling on the floor.

Mr Landy - who is nervous using public transport as a result of the robbery - then reported the theft to an officer, who was able to use the app to find the phone which had just been sold for £270 in cash.

When Chimutengwende was arrested shortly afterwards, he was carrying the same amount in cash.

Ayesha Khan, defending, said the robbery was a “snatch that went wrong” and urged the judge to impose a suspended sentence to remind his client not to take “such a cavalier attitude with the law”.

He said: “This was opportunistic and unplanned, it was not a prolonged incident.

“He has expressed clear remorse and he says the time he has spent on remand at Pentonville prison has been nothing short of absolutely awful.

“It has been a profoundly distressing experience for him.”

But Judge William Kennedy dismissed the defence lawyer’s pleas as he sentenced the father-of-one - who pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery - to 16 months in prison, with an additional two months for breaching a conditional discharge, imposed in June last year for shoplifting children’s clothing from Mothercare.

Judge Kennedy also ordered that the £270 in cash should be forfeited.

He said: “This offence was pre-planned and in the hours of darkness and the courts must make clear this behaviour is not acceptable.

“You are now beginning to realise the enormity of what you have done but the simple fact is that for this sort of behaviour, only a custodial sentence is appropriate.

“The message is this - young men who rob others of their mobile phones go to prison.”

Latest Stories

Fri, 18:17
A whopping £25million worth of cocaine was hidden in plastic bananas, among real fruit (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

A massive haul of cocaine, thought to be worth £25million, was found by Met police officers hidden in plastic bananas shipped over from Columbia.

Read more
Fri, 15:41
The orginal tweets in which @MPSinthesky made their reply to @anyabokepublic [Image from Twitter]

A Twitter user has accused the Met Police of encouraging their 91,000 Twitter followers to bully her.

Read more
Fri, 09:56
The Job Centre at 120-122 Deptford High Street in its original incarnation in 2008. Although the pub keeps the name, it has not kept the distinctive green and yellow sign [Photo from Google StreetView]

Campaigners have criticised a ‘poor taste’ pub that has opened in a disused Job Centre on Deptford High Street – and kept the name.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

Take our quiz and see how much you know about the Wimbledon Tennis Championships (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Do you know SW19 like the back of your hand? From Henman Hill to Centre Court, Fred Perry to Andy Murray? Well then you should ace our Wimbledon quiz:

Read more
Croatia's Daniel Prajnic, France's Paul Pogba and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo... three hair-raising World Cup stars (Picture: Archant/Getty)

The World Cup is a showcase of fantastic football... and terrible hairstyles. Try this quiz and test your knowledge of the wackiest barnets in Brazil.

Read more
World Cup countries quiz

It's about time you refreshed your brains about the countries competing in Brazil.

Read more
How much do you know about films in London? (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Do you know your Lock Stock from your Long Good Friday, Sliding Doors from Shakespeare in Love?

Read more
Instead of actually going to a park, take our quiz about them... (Picture: Warrick Page/Getty Images)

Think-Kew have got what it takes?

Read more