Teens locked up af­ter knife at­tack

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

TWO teenagers who robbed a 16-year-old boy at knife-point in Spald­ing have been sen­tenced to 28 months youth de­ten­tion by a judge.

Pass­ing sen­tence at Lin­coln Crown Court, Judge Sean Mor­ris told the boys, aged 15 and 16, what they had done “beg­gars be­lief.”

The pair, who can not be named be­ca­sue they are un­der 18, ad­mit­ted car­ry­ing out the rob­bery in Com­mer­cial Road, Spald­ing, on Fe­bru­ary 10.

Phil Howes, prose­cut­ing, said the 16-year-old pulled out a knife from his jacket af­ter his ac­com- plice de­manded “what have you got” from their vic­tim.

Mr Howes told the court: “The knife blade was held close to the vic­tim’s stom­ach.”

An I-pod was taken from the vic­tim af­ter the 15-year-old went through his pock­ets and ig­nored an old mo­bile phone, the court heard.

In a vic­tim im­pact state­ment which was read out in court the 16-year-old boy said he now wor­ried about go­ing out on his own.

Mr Howes added: “His first con­cern was for his safety not his prop­erty.” Po­lice later re­coverd the kitchen knife used in the rob­bery.

In mit­i­ga­tion the court was told both boys had ad­mit­ted what they done.

But Judge Mor­ris said: “In this case what you did beg­gars be­lief.

“On Fe­bru­ary 10 you set off to rob a mem­ber of the public at knife-point. You armed your­selves with a kitchen knife and picked out a per­fectly in­no­cent young man walk­ing down the street.

“You robbed him. It must have been a ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for him.”

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