Fife man jailed for knifepoint robbery in victim’s home



A drug addict, who attacked and robbed a man in his own home at knifepoint, has been jailed.

Michael Jhoomun went into the kitchen of the victim’s home in Kirkcaldy, picked up a large knife and brandished it at the man, who was cut when he tried to grab it.

Jhoomun (50), of Dura Park, Glenrothes, was  jailed for 35 months at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He previously admitted that on 22nd April last year at Miller Street, Kirkcaldy, he assaulted Andrew Wilson, by brandishing a knife at him, struggling with him to his injury and robbing him of a mobile phone, a knife and a quantity of tobacco.

The victim Mr Wilson, who was 38, has since died but this was not connected to the incident, the court was told.

Depute fiscal Alex Kirk previously told the court that Mr Wilson was known to Paula Bridges, who was then in a relationship with Jhoomun.

At around 3pm, Mr Wilson was at home and answered his door to find Bridges there. He let her in but did not initially see Jhoomun who followed her in.

As Mr Wilson sat on his sofa, Jhoomun went into the kitchen and returned holding a knife with a 12-inch blade.

“I’m wanting your money” he told him. “This is a robbery. Give me your f****** money.”

There was a struggle between them as Mr Wilson tried to grab the knife and sustained a cut to his hand.

Jhoomun took a mobile phone and a quantity of tobacco before leaving the property and driving off accompanied by Ms Bridges.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Campbell said his client was previously a heroin addict and had relapsed at the time of the offence.

“His partner at that time was also misusing drugs and it was a destructive relationship,” he added.

Jhoomun and his partner had gone to the man’s house hoping to obtain Valium.

The court heard Jhoomun had previously served prison terms and was currently on community payback order.

Sheriff Charles MacNair jailed Jhoomun for 35 months and he will also be subject to a 12-month supervised release order on leaving prison.

Earlier this year, Jhoomun was placed on a community payback order after assaulting the driver of a works van on the M90 near Dunfermline.

Decorator Robert Steen, who had given Jhoomun a few days’ work, was grabbed and pushed, causing him to swerve about the motorway.

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