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A robber who was high on drugs and drink when he carried out two knife-point raids has been jailed for five years.

Abdisalan Mohamud, 24, kicked his way into the locked reception of student accommodation, in the tower block on Leicester's St George's way, and brandished a seven-inch blade. He swung it towards a terrified member of night security staff before helping himself to a walkie-talkie.Mohamud was arrested nearby, but was later released on bail.He then went on to rob two receptionists in the same building, at the Premier Inn, two months later. On that occasion he produced another knife and demanded money, before leaving with £45 and a mobile phone.

CCTV footage was played at Leicester Crown Court, showing Mohamud calmly carrying out both raids.Mohamud, of Kestrel Lane, Hamilton, Leicester, admitted committing the first robbery on November 14, and the second on January 15. Sentencing, Recorder Peter Cooke said the victims had been in placed in fear by his actions. He said: "On the first occasion you got yourself intoxicated and confronted security staff at student accommodation in the tower block shared with the Premier Inn. "I'm sure you were out to target the Premier Inn for the pickings you thought would be in the till. "The entrance was confusingly marked and I suspect due to intoxication you initially thought it was the hotel. "You carried out both robberies in an apparently blasé but threatening fashion. "I accept that you now genuinely regret what you did. "The second offence is seriously aggravated because it was committed when you were on bail for the former offence and it constituted a return to the tower block. "It shows a determination in your head to offend in this way and you were quite undeterred by your first apprehension."

Sally Bamford, mitigating, said Mohamud had no previous convictions and normally presented as a "quiet and reserved" person.

She said: "He appreciates the gravity of his actions and the impact it would have had on the victims.

"He started drinking heavily and taking cocaine and it's that combination which brought about his behaviour."

The court heard that Mohamud, believed to be from Somalia, had been issued with a notice of deportation, for the end of his sentence.

However, Miss Bamford said inquiries were now underway by the immigration authorities, as the defendant maintained he was born in Denmark - and came to the UK when he was 12, where he was educated and also found employment.

Recorder Cooke told the defendant: "If you turn out not to be an EU national, I hope the immigration authorities act expediently for you to be deported."



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