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A Frome man has been jailed for a violent street robbery in which he threatened to stab the victim unless he handed over his wallet.

Plasterer Lewis Dominey, 34, knocked the stranger to the ground and held his foot on his neck until he handed him £250 in cash and his bank card.

Reece Dominey, 31, also waded in and assaulted the victim as he tried to fight off the thief.

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The brothers were both convicted at Taunton Crown Court. Lewis Dominey, of Westwood Drive, was jailed for 20 months for robbery. Reece Dominey received an 18-month community order for assault causing actual bodily harm.

The incident happened on June 20, 2019. The victim was walking with a friend toward the Culver Hill Co-op at 9:15 p.m. when she saw three men carrying boxes of liquor.

Lewis Dominey de Frome has been jailed for theft (Image: Avon and Somerset Police)

Lewis Dominey approached him saying “Give me whatever you’re wearing”. When the victim said she wasn’t carrying anything, Dominey repeated her pleas and told the friend to stay out of it.

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He pushed the victim several times then pinned him against a wall with his hand on his neck. He then punched the victim and said, “I have a knife, so do as I say”, before making hand gestures to suggest he was about to pull a knife from his belt.

The pair struggled but then Reece Dominey got involved, roughly grabbing the victim and pinning him against a wall. Lewis Dominey then pushed him to the ground, causing him to hit his head.

He put his foot on his neck and demanded money. The victim handed over his wallet containing £250 and the men left. He suffered bruises and swelling.

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Lewis Dominey has a number of public disorder offenses to his name, but no robbery on his record. He was described as a “Jekyll and Hyde character” who was able to lead a productive, law-abiding life, but could become aggressive when drunk.

He was drunk at the time and said he was sorry for what he had done. Reece Dominey, an electrician, played a lesser role in the incident. He said he got involved in something his brother started.

Judge Paul Cook said Reece Dominey was someone who generally led a quiet life and was at low risk of re-offending. He is to pay £450 compensation to the victim and undergo rehabilitation days with probation.

He said Lewis Dominey was entitled to some credit for pleading guilty.

“It was not a planned incident but an impulsive alcohol-induced incident,” the judge said.

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