Man sentenced to 10 years following a slew of crimes in Staffordshire area

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Samuel Austin, of Norton, has received a 10-year sentence for his wide range of crimes. The 28-year-old’s criminal activity includes robbery, supply of monkey dust, inflicting grievous bodily harm, possessing an offensive weapon, and burglary. He was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court. 

In July 2022, a pre-arranged fight between Austin and Ashley Bowen outside of a Co-op in Northwood ended with Austin stabbing Bowen in his left arm and leg. 

Austin’s other crimes include battering and robbing a man on Wade Street, Burslem, and breaking into a garage in Norton. The court heard that the victim of Austin’s robbery now lives in fear of further robberies. 

Austin is also guilty of supplying monkey dust, a highly addictive synthetic drug, throughout the Staffordshire area. 

The court heard that Austin himself had become addicted to monkey dust after breaking both his legs in a car accident. This incident prevented him from joining the parachute regiment, which Paul Cliff, mitigating, stated “…had awful consequences for his mental health”. 

Recorder Robert Smith stated: I have no doubt your use of monkey dust did underpin some of your offending.”

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