TWO knife-wielding robbers who attacked a woman as she walked through a Carlisle park are today starting lengthy jail terms.
The city's crown court heard how a blade was drawn across the terrified 32-year-old victim's face as she walked through Melbourne Park at around 9pm on March 28.
With their faces concealed, Ben Addison, 19, and 20-year-old accomplice Kai Bowman each brandished knives and demanded her phone and bag. During the ordeal one of the men ran a knife down her neck.
She was left "screaming and crying", and later had nightmares following a crime which was said to have "effectively destroyed her".
Addison and Bowman were sentenced today having admitted robbery and threatening their victim with weapons. Homeless Bowman also admitted perverting the course of justice having asked a relative to lie about his whereabouts on the night of the robbery.
In addition, Addison was punished for a string of other crimes. These included another knifepoint robbery, at Bargain Booze store on Furze Street, Carlisle, in March when he threatened two staff members with a knife. Following his demands and threats he made off with £250.
He will also serve time concurrently for harassment, witness intimidation and two assaults on two women. One female was the mother of his young baby, who was on her knees at the time.
Addison, of Melbourne Road, Carlisle, was given nine-and-a-half-years' detention, while Bowman received a sentence of eight years, eight months.
"It is a disgusting and despicable act of cowardice," Mr Recorder McDonald said of their park robbery. "You ought to be thoroughly ashamed of yourselves."
Detective Constable Deborah Story of North Cumbria CID, who investigated the Melbourne Park robbery, said: