Vi­o­lent teen jailed

Mug­ger hit youth over head with glass bot­tle

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

A TEENAGE mug­ger who beat his vic­tim over the head with a vodka bot­tle to steal their pos­ses­sions – in­clud­ing an asthma in­haler – has been jailed.

Shakil Ruel McCrea, 18, of Kings Hill Av­enue, Hayes, was jailed for 14 years at Isle­worth Crown Court on Fri­day, April 24, hav­ing been found guilty of three counts of rob­bery and one of pos­sess­ing an imi­ta­tion firearm.

The court heard how McCrea and a 17-year-old ac­com­plice from Hayes, who can­not be named for legal rea­sons, struck at around mid­night on March 20 last year, when they ap­proached two teenage boys at Yead­ing Brook Park, op­po­site The In­dus­try pub, in Yead­ing Lane, Yead­ing, shout­ing: “Give me your stuff.”

They struck the vic­tims over the head with a glass bot­tle, be­fore steal­ing a mo­bile phone, a pair of head­phones, a wal­let and an in­haler.

The at­tack­ers fled and the vic­tims called po­lice, be­fore re­ceiv­ing hos­pi­tal treat­ment.

The vic­tims iden­ti­fied the at­tack­ers on Face­book and de­tec­tives from Hilling­don CID cir­cu­lated the images among of­fi­cers as part of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A week later, at around 9.30pm on March 28, last year, McCrea and an uniden­ti­fied as­so­ciate forced their way into a res­i­den­tial ad­dress in Ho­bard Lane, Hayes.

They threat­ened two male oc­cu­pants with an imi­ta­tion hand­gun and de­manded their mo­bile phones, be­fore flee­ing.

An­other week later, one of the oc­cu­pants called po­lice to say he had spot­ted McCrea and his as­so­ciate nearby.

Of­fi­cers swooped and ar­rested McCrea and the 17-year-old boy from the first attack, who was with him, be­fore search­ing an ad­dress in Hayes, where they found a mo­bile phone stolen in the house rob­bery.

The 17-year-old was not in­volved in the sec­ond hold-up, but he was charged in re­la­tion to the park attack.

De­tec­tive Constable Michael David­son, of Hilling­don CID, said: “As a re­sult of the po­lice work­ing to­gether with vic­tims of crime and se­cur­ing the best ev­i­dence to present be­fore the courts.

“McCrea will now begin a sig­nif­i­cant jail term for his aw­ful ac­tions. We will use ev­ery tac­tic avail­able to re­lent­lessly pur­sue of­fend­ers who blight our com­mu­ni­ties in this way.”

The 17-year-old boy will be sen­tenced at Kingston Crown Court on May 29 for his part in the first attack, hav­ing been found guilty of two counts of rob­bery.

n ROB­BER: Shakil Ruel McCrea, 18, of Kings Hill Av­enue, Hayes, has been jailed for 14 years


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