Vi­o­lent rob­bery for five pounds

Pair hit man with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties

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

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.”

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