Jail for thugs who at­tacked teenager

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

TWO ‘preda­tory’ rob­bers who threat­ened a teenage boy with an im­i­ta­tion gun and knife and broke his nose have been jailed.

Daniel Adam McHugh, 24, and Ryan Michael Wool­ley, 24, con­sumed a cock­tail of booze and drugs be­fore tar­get­ting the 16-year-old boy as he walked with friends, the court heard.

McHugh, of Cop­pice Road, Poyn­ton, was found guilty of rob­bery, pos­ses­sion of an im­i­ta­tion firearm and pos­ses­sion of a knife af­ter a trial. He was jailed for six years.

Wool­ley, of Weller Av­enue, Poyn­ton, ad­mit­ted the same three of­fences and was jailed for four years.

Philip Clemo, pros­e­cut­ing, told Ch­ester Crown Court that the rob­bery took place out­side McHugh’s home in Poyn­ton on Jan­uary 24.

He said: “McHugh ap­proached three lads and had his dog with them. He spoke to them in a threat­en­ing man­ner. He said that there were fields nearby where peo­ple go miss­ing.

“Wool­ley ap­peared hold­ing a seven inch knife. The lads un­der­stand­ably de­cided to make a run for it. The vic­tim didn’t man­age to es­cape. McHugh punched him square in the face and he fell to the floor.

“The in­jury he suf­fered was a nasal de­for­mity which needed surgery. Wool­ley then held the knife to the vic­tim’s throat. The vic­tim feared for his life. Woo­ley made the vic­tim hand over his phone, keys and wal­let.

“McHugh then pro­duced a hand­gun. It was an im­i­ta­tion, a BB gun, but nev­er­the­less the vic- tim wasn’t able to tell the dif­fer­ence. He be­gan wav­ing it around and then pointed it at the vic­tim’s head. At this time he also had the knife at his throat. Wool­ley then gave the vic­tim his bank cards back and told him he was ‘be­ing nice’.”

Rachel White, de­fend­ing McHugh, said: “I can­not pol­ish the of­fence. It is dis­grace­ful, ter­ri­fy­ing and shock­ing but there is light at the end of the tun­nel for Mr McHugh is mak­ing pos­i­tive changes in his life.

Milena Ben­nett, de­fend­ing Wool­ley, said: “He was drunk and his mind was dis­turbed af­ter tak­ing two grams of co­caine. He was given a knife and went along with it.”

Recorder David Wil­liams said the pair had acted like ‘preda­tors’ adding: “You armed your­self with a knife and a BB gun, and had a Stafford­shire Bull Ter­rier dog ca­pa­ble of be­ing in­tim­i­dat­ing.

“The vic­tim sus­tained a bro­ken nose, had a knife held against him and a BB gun in his face.

“It was a ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

This of­fence

was ’dis­grace­ful, ter­ri­fy­ing

and shock­ing’

●● Daniel Adam McHugh, from Poyn­ton, jailed for six years

●● Ryan Michael Wool­ley, from Poyn­ton, jailed for four years

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