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Robert Barlow death: Jordan Lawson handed 16 years

Jordan Lawson
Image caption Jordan Lawson used Mr Barlow's bank card to withdraw £250 from an ATM

A teenager has been sentenced to 16 years in a young offenders' institution for killing and robbing a man in Shrewsbury.

Jordan Lawson, 19, from Shrewsbury, was originally charged with murder but pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Robert Barlow.

Mr Barlow died from a heart attack near his home in Reabrook Avenue on 18 May after Lawson assaulted and robbed him.

Lawson also admitted four robbery charges at Stafford Crown Court.

Charges of murder and intimidating a witness were dropped.

'Terrifying actions'

West Mercia Police said Mr Barlow was a family man with a wife and two daughters who had been returning home after visiting his local pub.

Lawson, of Stephenson Drive, attacked Mr Barlow from behind, barging into him and throwing him into a wall.

He forced him to the ground before stealing his cash card.

Lawson ran to a cash machine close to the nearby Cineworld cinema and withdrew £250 before running off, the force said.

Det Insp Mark Bellamy said: "Lawson targeted lone and vulnerable people under the cover of darkness to rob them of money or possessions.

"Prior to this case, he had carried out several other street robberies following a similar pattern.

"On this occasion, his terrifying actions in attacking Mr Barlow from behind in a darkened alley late at night, undoubtedly triggered the heart attack from which he died."

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