Brothers jailed after robbery in street
12:11pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
BROTHERS who failed to turn up for their trial at Bolton Crown Court have each been sentenced to 14 days in prison.
Jacek Siwak, aged 21, and Krystian Siwak, aged 22, both of Spa Road, Bolton had both denied robbing club-goer Lee Chapman in Bradshawgate in October last year.
Last month, following a trial, a jury convicted them in their absence of theft.
A third man, Marek Bil, aged 23, of Le Gendre Street, Bolton, who faced the same charges and did turn up to court, was acquitted. Yesterday at Bolton Crown Court Judge Peter Davies was told that the Siwak brothers had still not been caught. “I am not prepared to wait any further. They have waived their right, in my opinion, to appear,” said Judge Davies.
The jury had been told how Mr Chapman’s wallet and iphone were taken after he slumped to the ground in Bradshawgate in the early hours of the morning after a night out.
Doorman Reece Winward, who was working outside McCauleys bar saw Mr Chapman, who was on the opposite side of the road, being surrounded by three men. The quick-thinking bouncer flagged down a passing police van as the three men alleged to have stolen from Mr Chapman, walked away.
When police detained Jacek Siwak nearby in Great Moor Street, he claimed he had found a mobile phone, which belonged to Mr Chapman, on the floor. Krystian Siwak was seen going behind the Balmoral pub, where Mr Chapman’s wallet was found.