Havant thug who stamped on teenage boy is jailed for four years

JAILED Tyrone Bennett
JAILED Tyrone Bennett

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A THUG who stamped on a teenager’s face and groin in a vicious robbery has been jailed for four years.

Tyrone Bennett swore at the judge as he was sent down for attacking the 17-year-old and stealing his bike.

The 19-year-old, who has previous convictions for violence, attacked the youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in Dunsbury Way, Havant.

The boy had been at a friend’s birthday party and was riding his bike home and talking to his girlfriend on his mobile phone when Bennett confronted him.

The teenager was knocked unconscious and can remember little of the attack but witnesses saw Bennett punch him to the ground and repeatedly stamp on him before cycling off on his bike.

Two police officers, who were in the area on bikes, chased Bennett after a member of the public dialled 999 and he was caught when he lost control and fell off the stolen bike.

When the victim woke up he was in Queen Alexandra Hospital, left with cuts and bruises.

Bennett, of Broadmere Avenue, Havant, pleaded guilty to robbery following the attack last September.

Sam Brown, defending, said he was sorry for what he had done.

‘This is an event which spiralled out from drunken and foolish behaviour which this defendant should never have got involved with,’ he said.

‘This defendant is rightly appalled by what is said about him and in particular what becomes of him when he drinks.’

Jailing him at Portsmouth Crown Court Judge Sarah Munro QC said: ‘That night at about 11pm you confronted a 17-year-old, you demanded his bike, which was worth £1,250 and you were seen by witnesses to punch him a number of times in the face until he fell to the ground.

‘You were then seen to stamp on his face and his genital area.

‘One of the police officers who attended described his injuries as the worst she had ever witnessed.

‘He now finds it almost impossible to be out on his own, which at 17 is a very serious consequence.’

The judge described Bennett’s police interview, where he admitted what he had done, as alarmingly frank.

‘You said to the police effectively that you flipped and you laid into him,’ she said.

Bennett shouted and swore as he was led away by security guards. The judge warned him to be quiet or she would increase his sentence.