Man who attempted to rob boy in Southend jailed

A man who attempted to rob a boy in Southend before having hot chocolate thrown in his face has been jailed for three years.

Dionysios Paraskevopoulos, 37, of no fixed address, was found guilty of attempted robbery at Basildon Crown Court on Friday, June 22.

He received four months after admitting theft from a vehicle and one month for obstructing an officer after being found guilty. Both these sentences will run concurrently.

At around 8pm on Thursday, February 1, a 17-year-old boy was listening to music while walking along Queen’s Road, Southend, when he was followed by Paraskevopoulos.

Paraskevopoulos then started talking to the victim, who took his headphones off before being grabbed around the throat and threatened. Paraskevopoulos told the boy he was armed with a knife.

The victim had just recently bought a hot chocolate and threw this over Paraskevopoulos and ran off.

Paraskevopoulos was then stopped by officers in High Street but rode off and went into a shop to wash his face.

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