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Mold man jailed for his part in car-jacking

A MOLD man who took part in a terrifying car-jacking incident has been jailed for two years.

Mold Crown Court heard how a home care worker was parked in Mold, chatting to her sister on her mobile phone at around 6.45pm on June 7, when her car door flew open.

Two men had run up to the car, parked in Hillside Crescent, and one of them tried to drag victim Sadie Gittins out of the vehicle.

He was shouting and swearing at her to get out but she bravely fought back, kicked out towards him, and later said that but for the fact she had her seat belt on she would have had no chance.

Police are still hunting that man but Lee James Mullen, 25, of Elm Drive, Mold – but who at the time was living in a tent – admitted he was the second man standing in front of the Suzuki Swift, ready to jump in.

He admitted an attempted robbery charge and was jailed for two years by Judge Niclas Parry.

“This was a serious, persistent attempt at what is known as car-jacking,” the judge said.

It was an offence which was now particularly prevalent.

They were offences that could be committed quickly and which were difficult to detect.

“Those who are caught must expect to be dealt with severely,” he said.

The effect on the victim had been terrifying.

When she got to the home of the person she was caring for, she simply burst into tears and the alarm was raised.

The court heard Mullen had a number of previous convictions for thefts of vehicles but had nothing for robbery.

Myles Wilson, defending, said it was clearly a very frightening incident for the victim.

Police investigations are continuing.