'Intoxicated' woman who snatched boy from his mother is spared jail

‘Intoxicated’ woman, 28, who snatched boy, four, from his mother at Royal Albert Hall while she was high on chemsex drug GHB is spared jail

  • Charlotte Robbins, 28, denied attempting to abduct the four-year-old at venue
  • The incident took place on March 10 last year during a children’s concert at site 
  • Jurors heard Robbins had taken date rape drug GHB and ‘smoked crystal meth’ 
  • She was given 18-month community order and required to attend 30 day rehab

A woman who snatched a four-year-old boy from his mother at a children’s concert at the Royal Albert Hall while high on the chemsex drug GHB has been spared jail.

The 26-year-old mother, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was attending a children’s concert at the famous London music venue with her young boy when he was carried away by Charlotte Robbins.

She eventually caught up with Robbins, 28, after seeing her son’s distinctive red shoelaces disappearing into the crowd.

Responding to the mother’s cries for help, a man from the crowd grabbed the boy and returned him to his mother. 

Robbins, of Belsize Park, London, told jurors she had taken the date rape drug GHB – also known as liquid ecstasy – and claimed the incident was ‘a mistake’ as she was attempting to return the boy to his legal guardian.

She was handed an 18-month community order and ordered to commit to 30 days of rehabilitation.  

Charlotte Robbins (pictured), 28 of of Belsize Park, London, was handed an 18-month community order and ordered to commit to 30 days of rehabilitation at Southwark Crown Court

Jurors heard how Robbins claimed she was high on GHB, and had possibly smoked crystal meth at the time of the incident on March 10 last year. 

The mother told jurors that as she frantically searched for her son, she almost lost him in the crowd.

But she told Southwark Crown Court she spotted his distinctive red shoelaces as Robbins carried him away.

She caught up with Robbins and grabbed the woman and her son from behind, shouting for help, jurors heard.

Responding to the mother’s cries for help, a man from the crowd grabbed the boy from Robbins and returned him her.

‘If I hadn’t seen his legs I wouldn’t have been able to see him,’ she said during the trial.

‘He was struggling as well, he’s four, he was held pretty tightly. He was calling for me, struggling to break loose.

‘People were walking past, they didn’t know what was going on.

‘I said, “Help she’s got my child, help”.

‘I don’t know who it was, he just pulled my son from her and gave him to me…’

Robbins told an officer at the time that she had taken GHB and seemed visibly high to the officer and to a member of the venue’s staff.

The 26-year-old mother, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was attending a children’s concert at the Royal Albert Hall (pictured) with her four-year-old son

She claimed she had made an honest mistake and thought she was returning the child to his legal guardian.

Dominic Hockley, prosecuting, earlier told Southwark Crown Court: ‘She accepts that she took the boy who at that stage was a four-year-old child.

‘That she took from the lawful control of his mother. That isn’t in dispute.

‘We say that her actions weren’t reasonable, she made no effort at all, at all, to establish the facts before grabbing the child from his mother.’

Mr Hockley added: ‘No child, you may think, should be dragged from his mother by a stranger.

‘Irrespective of whether she believed he might be, she should not be taking children unsupervised.

‘That’s more so in the way in which she did what she did.

‘The prosecution say there were plainly or other reasonable things to do.

‘There were teachers around, security around, the boy’s legal guardian.

‘Why did she think that she had to become the physical enforcer of a care order?

‘Even if she was right in what she says was her honest, genuine mistake, what she did was not reasonable in these circumstances.

Robbins was high on GHB and may have also smoked crystal meth the night before the concert on March 10 last year.

‘Her mistake was not reasonable because we say it came about because of her intoxication,’ Mr Hockley said.

‘Where a mistake results from voluntary intoxication by alcohol or drugs such a mistake cannot be thought of as reasonable.

‘There is ample evidence that the defendant was intoxicated.’

Robbins, who has waited to be sentenced since April, attended court with dried blood on her hands and sobbed in the dock.

Judge Jeffrey Pegden QC sentenced her to an 18-month community order with a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

‘That means the probation service will assist you with your various difficulties,’ he said.

Robbins, of Belsize Park, north London, denied, but was convicted of taking a child from a person having lawful control under the Child Abduction Act 1984.

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