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But in the final analysis he did try to rob a vulnerable and elderly person in the UK so that he could have money to buy so-called legal highs. As Mr Barnes shouted for help Gatiss fled the scene of the crime but DNA on a pocket incriminated him.
At Newcastle Crown Court Gatiss had pleaded guilty to assault with intent to rob and Mr Barnes said after the verdict he felt four-years was an appropriate sentence.
Mr Barnes has been disabled from birth after his mother contracted German measles when she was pregnant.
As German measles resurfaces in the west following non-take up of vaccinations parents need to bear in mind how devastating that childhood disease can be to others.
Gatiss now has four-years to consider his cowardly attack and reform.