Ilford man who subjected victim to ‘terrifying’ ordeal jailed

Teidja Weekes

Teidja Weekes - Credit: Archant

A 33-year-old man has been sentenced to a year and a half in jail after trying to rob a man on a train platform.

Teidja Weekes, 33, of Balfour Road, Ilford, approached the 21-year-old victim and demanded he hand over his mobile phone.

He told the victim to not “make this look like a robbery” during the incident which happened in April last year.

The victim, who was standing on the platform ofWood Street station, north London, refused to hand over his belongings and Weekes raised his fists as if he was going to punch him.

The attack was interrupted when other passengers arrived on the platform scaring of Weekes.

The victim then left and called the British Transport Police (BTP) and Weekes boarded a train.

Weekes was found guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court, Southwark on Monday of last week.

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Detectives carried out an investigation following the incident and seized CCTV from the station.

The images were circulated on police intelligence systems and, and on June 7, Weekes was arrested in High Road, Leyton by police who recognised him from the images.

Det Con Helen Rea said: “This must have been a terrifying ordeal for the victim, who bravely stood up to Weekes and refused to hand over his belongings. His actions were callous and left the victim feeling concerned for his own safety. “