Actor who worked alongside big name stars is jailed for robbery

    David Pentek

    An actor from Tunbridge Wells who had a role alongside Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep in the 2015 film Suffragette, playing a policeman, has been jailed after a ‘truly frightening’ robbery.

    David Pentek tied up a terrified 14-year-old boy and burgled his house.

    Pentek, who is also known as ‘Dodge’ and served in the army, was jailed for eight years after smashing a window and entering a house in Peasmarsh, East Sussex, while the teenager was home alone.

    The 41-year-old was wearing a black hoodie that partially covered his face when he entered the youngster’s bedroom.

    He ordered the boy, who later needed therapy, not to move while he stole jewellery, men’s aftershave and personal effects.

    Pentek is well known in Tunbridge Wells, having lived in the town for eight years before moving to St Leonard’s-on-Sea six months ago. He has two children by two different partners, all of whom still live in Tunbridge Wells.

    Detective Constable Dominic Brown said: “This incident was a truly frightening experience for the boy involved, who was left badly shaken but otherwise unhurt.

    “We’re pleased that the man responsible has been brought to justice and given a lengthy sentence for his crime.”

    Pentek, whose other roles include parts in The Northern Paradigm, Top Dog and a Vicks advert, pleaded guilty to robbery at Lewes Crown Court. He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170.