Barbados-born Clive Dixon, 32, has been jailed for seven and a half years after he robbed two terrified Gloucester women at knifepoint and also molested a 15 year old girl in the city.
Jailing Dixon at Gloucester Crown Court Judge William Hart said the two robberies were examples of a recent explosion in knife crime in Gloucester and there had to be deterrent sentences.
Dixon committed the robberies and the sex assault during a visit to Gloucester last April, the court heard. Then in September last year he molested a woman working in a London cafe and exposed himself to her.
He pleaded not guilty to robbing Claire Townsend of Kingsholm, Gloucester, of her purse, £50 and two mobile phones near her home on April 24. He further denied robbing Gloucestershire College student Maria Malukas of £10 as she sat in her car in Hempsted on April 26.
But the jury yesterday found him guilty of both offences and also of two charges of possessing knives in public places at the time of the robberies.
He then admitted two sexual assaults on the 15-year-old girl whose bottom he touched twice as he followed her and a friend along streets in the Barton area of the city on April 19.
And he admitted sexual assault of a woman working in a cafe in London and indecently exposing himself to her on September 1 last year.
For the robberies and knife offences Judge Hart sentenced him to six and a half years jail and he added one year consecutively for all the sex offences.
The court heard that Dixon, who is believed to have been living in the UK for 5-6 years, has no previous convictions in this country. He had been working in the building trade before embarking on the crime spree.
At the start of Dixon's trial prosecutor Julian Kesner asked the jury "Have you ever felt fear, real fear? Well Claire Townsend did when she was robbed at knifepoint on 24th April last year.
"And Maria Malukas did when she was robbed at knifepoint two days later."
Mr Kesner said although neither woman picked out Dixon on identification parades the police were able to link him to both offences by fingerprints.
His fingerprint was found on a receipt on Miss Townsend's discarded purse.
And five of his fingerprints were found on Miss Maluka's car in the areas you would expect if a man stood outside and robbed her, he said
Mr Kesner told the jury Miss Townsend was robbed at about 10.30pm on April 24th in Edwy Parade, Kingsholm, by a black man with a bandana over his face.
He grabbed her from behind and said 'Give me what you've got.' She said 'I haven't got anything.;
She was carrying a shoulder bag and he sliced in strap with his knife, Mr Kesner said.
She bravely fought to keep hold of it but he took her purse from inside it together with two mobile phones. There was £50 in the purse, which was found the next day on a local man's driveway
Mr Kesner said Miss Maluka was sitting in her car in Sudmeadow road at 6.40pm looing at her phone when a black man opened her driver's door and asked for a light,.
He pulled out a black handled kitchen kinife and demanded money from her, said Mr Kesner.
She had £10 under the sun visor so she gave that to him. He then demanded her jewelllery and she was starting to take it off when another car parked nearby began to move and the man made off.
Mr Kesner said when Dixon was arrested in October he told police he had been in Gloucester for one day with a friend when they were approached by someone who offered to sell them some 'stuff.'
It included watches, phones and handbags and his fingerprint must have got on the receipt while he was looking for it, he stated.
Asked by police how his fingerprints got on the car he had no explanation, added Mr Kesner.
Chester Beyts, defending, said Dixon had lived a respectable life until the offences and it had been a real shock to him to be in prison on remand since his arrest in October. Dixon wished to apologise to the girl he had groped in Gloucester, he added.
Judge Hart told Dixon he will have to sign the sex offenders register for the next ten years. He will be considered for deportation upon release, he added.