28th October 2002




A Bournemouth judge has awarded a University of Lincoln student with a commendation for bravery after she witnessed a wine store robbery earlier this year.


Katherine Linsley Hood of Richard Drive, Bournemouth, received her commendation at Dorset Police Headquarters last week where she was presented with a certificate for bravery and a £250 cash reward.


Immediately following the robbery on 7th January, two men were arrested following a police chase through Bournemouth.  


Katherine (21) – who witnessed the robbery at Thresher’s Wine Store in Bournemouth – was able to pick the main assailant from an identification parade.


“Unfortunately at the plea hearing the man I identified pleaded not guilty,” said Katherine, “so I had to attend the trial and give evidence which lasted for just under 2 hours.


“At the close of the trial the judge awarded me with a commendation for bravery for my conduct a the time of the incident, for having the strength to identify the assailant and for my strength and testimony at the trial. 


“He also rewarded me with £250 which will probably go towards my final year of study.”


The trial, which took place at Bournemouth Crown Court in May,  lasted a total of three days.  The robber was eventually convicted and sentenced to six years in prison for robbery and one year for aggravated vehicle taking and disqualified from driving for two years.




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Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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