Judge tells Jewish mugger, aged 20: “You’ve let your parents down”


A north London man has been handed a suspended sentence for carrying out a mugging and then trying to get his victim to drop the charges.

Yacov Izraelov robbed Samuel Brown when he encountered him in the street, stealing a mobile phone and a jacket.

When Mr Brown went to the police, Izraelov called a mutual acquaintance and urged him to get Mr Brown to drop the charges.

Izraelov, 20, from Finchley, who had been found guilty of robbery and perverting the course of justice, was handed a 18-month sentence suspended for two years.
He was also ordered to pay £500 in compensation to Mr Brown, by January 1 2016.

Izraelov's father Mark, 50, was fined £1,500 last month after pleading guilty to intimidating his son's victim during an encounter at Sami's kosher restaurant in north London.

At Wood Green Crown Court on Tuesday, Yacov Izraelov was told by Judge Witold Pawlak: "You've let your parents down significantly in the past and in this matter, and let your father down by getting him in trouble."

However, the judge said the crime, which was committed while Izraelov was on early release for a previous offence, was "not a regular street robbery.

"To me it was just bullying and daring someone who was disadvantaged because of his bipolar disorder to do something about it.

"It plainly wasn't done for gain."

Izraelov exchanged a smile with his father, who was watching from the public gallery, as he exited the court.

Izraelov had told police that he could not be guilty because the mugging took place on a Saturday, when he kept Shabbat and did not leave his home.

A second mugger, Edvin Banda, 22, from Kingsbury, north-west London, was given a six-month sentence, suspended for 18 months. He was ordered to pay £150 to Mr Brown.

Both men were also ordered by Judge Witold Pawlak to pay a victim's surcharge, with Mr Izraelov paying £100 and Mr Banda paying £80.

Share via

Want more from the JC?

To continue reading, we just need a few details...

Want more from
the JC?

To continue reading, we just
need a few details...

Get the best news and views from across the Jewish world Get subscriber-only offers from our partners Subscribe to get access to our e-paper and archive