Hull boy praised for chasing robber Femi Williams
A SCHOOLBOY who chased a robber has been commended by a judge.
Steven Willetts, 11, gave chase to Femi Williams, 38, on his bike after he spotted the robber grabbing the takings from estate agent manager Laura Wardby as she made her way to the bank.
Williams' partner Georgiana Koroma, 29, worked as a rent collector for Property Investment Portfolio Estate Agents in Anlaby Road, west Hull.
She conspired with Williams to steal the takings when they were being transported to the bank.
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When Steven saw the offence taking place he cycled after Williams and called the police, telling them of his location in Plane Street, west Hull.
The youngster lost sight of him but Williams was later caught after he left his DNA on a cup of water in a house he had been hiding in.
Judge Mark Bury commended the boy's bravery and awarded him a £50 reward.
Williams and Koroma both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal between April 16 to 21. Williams also pleaded guilty to robbery on April 20.
Judge Bury sentenced Williams to 12 months imprisonment.
Koroma was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work in the community.
She had only been working at the firm for a month when the pair plotted to steal from it.
Koroma tipped Williams off on two occasions when the manager left for the bank.
On the first occasion, on April 17, Williams failed to turn up on time, despite Koroma texting him.
Then on April 17, Koroma sent three text messages to Williams saying "She has it in her hand", "She's leaving" and finally "I cannot believe you missed her, all you had to do was be on time".
Three days later the pair tried again and were successful.
Hull Crown Court heard Williams placed a pair of tights over his head, opened Ms Wardby's car door and grabbed her bag containing the money.
Prosecutor Jharna Jobes said: "As she put her seatbelt on, the driver's door opened and Williams was there wearing a mask.
"At first she thought it was a joke but soon realised it was not. Williams repeatedly said 'give me the bag' and he ran off with it."
Williams and Koroma, who have two young children together, stole £2,187.38 of takings from the company, which has never been recovered.
Williams' barrister Anil Murray said they came up with the "crazy idea" to combat their debts.
He said: "They were trying to make ends meet. They were in debt and about to be evicted from their house."