Sussex Police firmly put a violent criminal back in his place after he was jailed for attacking a man on the street.

Ricky Jeans, 37, of Westgate, Chichester, was convicted of two crimes he committed last year.

In one instance, police say he approached two friends on a bench and pushed one of them. He shouted: “It’s Ricky time” and carried out an attack, leaving the man with injuries requiring hospital treatment.

Days later, according to the police force, Jeans approached a 39-year-old man who was walking along Bognor Road, Chichester, and demanded: “Empty your pockets or I’m going to smash you with a hammer”.

Following enquiries, Jeans – who had 39 previous convictions for 85 offences – was identified and arrested in Bognor Regis later that evening. He was charged with robbery, possession of an offensive weapon in public and assault by beating.

He was remanded in custody and pleaded guilty to all offences and was later sentenced to a total of nine years’ imprisonment, comprising of six years in custody and three years on extended licence.

Following his sentencing, the police used the same words he had used in the first attack against him.

Posting on Facebook, they wrote: “A prolific offender declared ‘it’s Ricky time’, before violently attacking a man at a park. Following a thorough investigation, Ricky Jeans was convicted of offences including robbery and assault.”

They then added: “Now it’s ‘Ricky’s time’ to serve a nine-year sentence.”

In a statement, investigating officer, Detective Constable Jordan Holmes, added: “This investigation took place over a number of months and now justice has truly has been served on Ricky Edward Jeans.

“This is an excellent result for the victims and Jeans pleading guilty to all offences, before the trial, indicates his known involvement. It’s now Ricky’s time to serve his sentence.”

Reacting to the banter, people found it hilarious.

“Well done Sussex Police,” one said.

“Love the final statement in the post” another said.

That’s Ricky told.

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