Birmingham woman jailed for robbing her ex-partner’s car in savage street attack

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Melissa Parkes joined two men in attacking her ex-partner in Birmingham

A woman who stole her ex-partner’s car after luring him into a savage street attack in Birmingham has been jailed.

Melissa Parkes joined two men in attacking the victim with a hammer in Stechford last September.  West Midlands Police have told, how ahead of the attack, Parkes and her former partner were in his car when another vehicle pulled up behind them. 

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Officers said she got out of the car to talk to the occupants and the victim, not knowing what was going on, also got out of the vehicle. Then two men got out of the other car and, along with Parkes assaulted the victim. He was attacked with a hammer and after falling to the floor.

Parkes continued to kick and punch him. Then she took the victim’s car and left the victim seriously injured in the middle of the street. Fortunately, members of the public came to his aide. An investigation was launched and Parkes was identified and arrested. The 34-year-old of Steel Grove, Yardley was found guilty of robbery and, at Birmingham Crown Court last week, she was sentenced to four years and seven months in prison. 

Melissa Parkes, from Yardley, Birmingham, jailed for robbing ex-partnerMelissa Parkes, from Yardley, Birmingham, jailed for robbing ex-partner
Melissa Parkes, from Yardley, Birmingham, jailed for robbing ex-partner | West Midlands Police

Detective Sergeant James Evans from the West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit, said: “Parkes took advantage of the victim and lured him to a place where he was robbed and repeatedly assaulted. He was fortunate to not have been even more seriously injured. Parkes showed no remorse and continued to lie about what happened and even tried to blame the victim. I hope this sentence shows that we will leave no stone unturned in getting justice for victims.”

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