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Parkland Walk robber found guilty

PUBLISHED: 09:59 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:44 07 September 2010

A SERIAL robber with a violent history has been found guilty of five attacks, three of which were on pensioners, in a north London beauty spot. Barry Silburn, 41, was convicted on Tuesday of three counts of robbery and one of attempted robbery on women

A SERIAL robber with a violent history has been found guilty of five attacks, three of which were on pensioners, in a north London beauty spot.

Barry Silburn, 41, was convicted on Tuesday of three counts of robbery and one of attempted robbery on women in Parkland Walk between May 31 and June 26 this year. He was convicted of another robbery yesterday (Monday) on 74-year-old man James Burgess, and now faces a lengthy term in jail.

Silburn was found guilty of robbing a 44-year-old woman and attempting to rob a 38-year-old woman on June 26, as well as robbing two women in their 60s on May 31.

After the verdict was announced Jonathan Wright, for the prosecution, read out a list of Silburn's long history of offences, resulting in more than 10 convictions since the age of 13.

These offences include indecently assaulting a 73-year-old woman when he was 15, rape in 1986, grievous bodily harm, five burglaries and four robberies.

Mr Wright concluded: "In short, he has received over 30 years of disposals during the course of his offending."

His most recent conviction was in 2003, when he was sentenced to four years in prison for robbery, and was released in April this year.

DC Saima Hussain from Haringey's Robbery Squad, said: "Silburn had only been out prison for a month, before he began to prey on these vulnerable victims and I am glad that justice is done."

Silburn is due to be sentenced on January 23. For more on this story, see the next edition of the Ham&High in shops on January 2.


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