Woman lures man into house with simple text... when he gets there things turn nasty

Nathan Holding has been jailed
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A man was lured to a Wakefield property and robbed at knifepoint in a terrifying attack.

Nathan Holding, 31, has been jailed for three years and nine months for the robbery, which took place after his victim arrived at the home of co-accused Summer Howarth on August 27 last year.

Leeds Crown Court heard on Thursday that Howarth had previously been made the subject of a 12-month community order for handling stolen goods, but Holding, of Lower Warrengate in Wakefield, had admitted the robbery.

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Prosecutor Celine Kart said: "At around 11.30pm he [the victim] went to Summer Howarth's property, she was a friend of his. There was an invitation sent for a drink over text. He entered the property and said everything was fine at that point.

"He noted she was on her mobile phone and she said she needed to check the front door, and then is when Nathan Holding entered the property and the room. She told him [the victim], 'You have been set up' and Nathan Holding grabbed the man by his jumper."

The court heard the man was pinned to the floor while violent Holding "pulled a knife out towards him". He put the kitchen knife close to the man's chest as he demanded his wallet. The man did not have his wallet and instead was ordered to produce his mobile phone, which was taken. He left the property and later identified Holding in an identity parade.

Ms Kart said the phone was discovered at a nearby property. She said: "The resent at that property was a man who stated Summer Howarth had attended and asked to borrow £20 and in return gave the mobile phone as a deposit."

The court was told Holding had pleaded guilty to the robbery offence at a plea, trial and preparation hearing. He had already been sentenced for six months for assaulting an emergency worker after that case was sent back to the magistrates court due to admin issues. Ms Kart said Holding had previously convictions on his record for offences including a public nuisance offence and grievous bodily harm.

Mitigating for Holding, Jim Littlehales said he had a "relatively limited record". He added: "He fully accepts his role in the offending. He put in a guilty plea at the first available opportunity. He has been on remand throughout...

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"He was due for release last week as the warrant that kept him in custody wasn't value and he was going to be released from prison. He contacted my instructing solicitors and asked to tell the court so he wouldn't be released. He knew he was going to be sentenced today."

As he jailed Holding, Recorder Green KC described the robbery as "nasty". Holding will have to serve half of the three years and nine months sentence in custody before being released on licence.