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11-14-07, 08:53 AM #1
TEEN LOCKED UP FOR CITY ROBBERIES
A Teenager who was part of a gang that robbed three people of phones and wallets has been locked up.
Christopher Stokes, 18, and his friends surrounded a student in Mansfield Road, Nottingham, who on his way home from a night out on June 12.
Part of the incident was witnessed by a police officer and the gang were arrested shortly afterwards.
James Hett, prosecuting, at Nottingham Crown Court, said the group put their victim in fear of violence and stole his mobile phone. He described being left shaking and frightened as a result of the incident.
On August 19, Stokes, who is currently in Lincoln Prison, , was also involved in robbing two men in The Arboretum.
The court heard he was with four other youths when they cornered two 17-year-olds and demanded they hand over phones and money.
Mr Hett said: "Stokes did not actually physically steal the property himself.
"There was a minimal amount of violence used, there was some pushing and shoving."
Stokes admitted two counts of robbery.
Sentencing him to 18 months in a Young Offenders' Institution, Judge Jonathan Teare said: "The first offence was a cowardly attack upon a man who was in no position to defend himself.
"I accept that you may have played a minor role in it but the number of people around him, at night, would mean that he would feel absolutely terrified."
A 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in court alongside Stokes.
He admitted a charge of robbery in relation to the Mansfield Road incident and was ordered to undertake an Intensive Supervision and Surveillance programme for six months, and remain under the supervision of the probation service for a year-and-a-half after that.
The officer mentioned is one of our sgts the radio traffic about the incident and the lack of CCTv was very funny.
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