Violent robbery for five pounds
Pair hit man with learning difficulties
TWO teenagers who violently robbed a man with learning difficulties in Uxbridge to steal £5 have been spared jail.
The 20-year-old victim had only recently built up enough confidence to go out alone in public when he was attacked by Danyal Shahid and Peter Uche, who pushed him over, punched and kicked him on the ground and made off with his wallet.
Both 18-year-old attackers were sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday having each pleaded guilty to one count of robbery at an earlier hearing.
Shahid, of Primrose Close, Harrow, was sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders institute, suspended for 12 months. Uche, of New Broadway, Uxbridge Road, Uxbridge, was sentenced to 16 months in a young offenders institute, also suspended for 12 months.
The court heard how, on July 19 last year, the victim, who both men knew, bumped into Uche outside Uxbridge station.
Uche, who was speaking to Shahid on the phone at the time, passed the phone to the victim and forced him to speak to Shahid, who told him to go to the park, before verbally abusing him.
Fearing that Uche was going to hurt him, the victim went into a nearby shop. After a while, the victim realised he was no longer being followed and walked out of the shop.
But shortly afterwards he bumped into Uche again, who was with Shahid and two others.
They followed the victim into Fassnidge Park, in Rockingham Parade, where Uche and Shahid pushed him to the ground, punched and kicked him, bloodying his nose, and stole his wallet, containing £5.
The victim ran after them up to High Street, where members of the public – seeing his bloodied face – stopped to help him and called police.
Following a police investigation, Uche and Shahid were arrested at their homes, before later being charged.
Detective Constable Anji Dawson, of Hillingdon CID, said: “All the hard work and support given to him by his family so that he can live a normal life was shattered in minutes by two men who should have known better, especially as they knew him.”