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Parkland Walk robber jailed

PUBLISHED: 11:41 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:53 07 September 2010

A MAN who robbed four people in Highgate's Parkland Walk and attempted to rob another has been jailed for seven years. Convicted rapist and burglar Barry Silburn, 42, was found guilty of four counts of robbery and one of attempted robbery last month, and

A MAN who robbed four people in Highgate's Parkland Walk and attempted to rob another has been jailed for seven years.

Convicted rapist and burglar Barry Silburn, 42, was found guilty of four counts of robbery and one of attempted robbery last month, and was sentenced last week.

At Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, Judge Juliette May warned Silburn that although he would be considered for parole in three and a half years' time, he would not be freed unless the parole board was confident he no longer posed a serious risk to the public.

"I am giving you an extended sentence for the public protection," she told him. "You will not be entitled to be considered for parole until you have served half the time, and only when the parole board is satisfied that you no longer need to be imprisoned for the protection of the public."

Judge May outlined Silburn's prolific criminal record which dates back to when he was 13.

In 1986 he raped a woman in an office, in 1998 he committed aggravated burglary after holding up two women at knifepoint in a flat, and in 2003 he punched a woman in the face during a robbery in Crouch Hill.

He had been freed from jail only five weeks before he preyed on dog walkers on the Parkland Walk between May 31 and July 7 last year, subjecting them to terrifying robberies.

Silburn, of Stacey Street, Holloway, had denied all charges.


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