EASTHAM J(Reading the judgment of the Court)
On 19th June, 1984, after a three-day trial in the Crown Court at Inner London Sessions, the appellant was convicted of robbery, which was count 1 of a two-count indictment, count 2 being a count of theft.
The facts are hardly in issue. On 17th January of last year two police officers, Detective Constable Stewart and Sergeant Harrison, were keeping observation from the 14th floor of a tower block in a housing estate in Deptford. They saw the appellant follow a woman who was carrying a shopping basket in her left hand. The appellant approached her from behind and wrenched the basket down and out of her grasp with both hands. That is dealt with at p 16 of the transcript, where the learned judge reminded the jury:
"The woman was carrying her shopping bag in her left hand. This defendant approached her from behind and with both hands wrenched the bag down and out of her grasp. He then turned and retraced his steps and they saw him run between She…