Violent Margate thug who ripped necklace from woman’s throat and hit her is jailed

Matthew Foster is now behind bars

A thug who threatened to break the fingers of a woman in her 50s in a row about money has been jailed for 38 months.

Matthew Foster, 27, of Addington Road in Margate, sent a series of violent messages to the victim.

In May and June this year, he demanded the woman give him thousands of pounds, jewellery and furniture. He toled her  “he was not to be messed with.”

Foster then ripped a necklace from her throat and raised his fist at her outside her home in Broadstairs on Thursday 8 June.

As they struggled he dragged the victim down some nearby stairs and hit her before fleeing the scene.

He was arrested nearby with the necklace in his possession.

Foster pleaded guilty to harassment and robbery at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 7 July.

Investigating officer PC Andrew Palmer said: “Foster’s violent nature and complete disregard for the law has landed him with a lengthy jail sentence.

“His actions had a significant impact on the victim, and caused her to live in fear, which is completely unacceptable.

‘I hope this result will help her feel safer and encourage Foster to improve his own damaging behaviour.”