A Nigerian woman in the United Kingdom, Gloria Makanjuola, who committed a series of robberies and theft on buses in Hackney, even targeting an 87-year-old woman, has been jailed.
Makanjuola, 28, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court to two years and eight months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to eight counts of robbery, four counts of theft and four counts of fraud at an earlier hearing at Thames Magistrates’ Court.
Makanjuola committed the offences between September 2018 and October 2018 across Hackney.
Her victims were aged between 18 and 87 years and all the offences occurred on buses in Hackney.
One victim, an 87-year-old man, was targeted by Makanjuola as he travelled on a route around Wick Road.
She sat next to the victim and tried to put her hands in his pocket, he told her to stop but she managed to grab around £80 in cash.
On another occasion, an 18-year-old woman was on board a route 277 bus in the area of Mare Street, E5 when Makanjuola started talking to her.
“She targeted vulnerable passengers using the bus network system, committing robbery or theft offences.
“Without their support, this outcome would not have been possible.”
Detective Superintendent Andy Cox, the lead investigator for transport network crime across London, said, “We are focused on targeting prolific criminals like Makanjuola who target and prey on the most vulnerable commuters.
“Through extensive CCTV coverage across the transport network, we are able to identify and bring offenders to justice.”
The court also heard that Makanjuola is currently serving a sentence for similar offences which she committed last year in the Hackney area. She was imprisoned for two years. (SaharaReporters)