TWO teenagers robbed a vulnerable boy of £10 in an ‘unprovoked’ attack that left the victim sobbing.
Derran Billingham and a 16-year-old boy were sitting talking to their victim in a field in Fareham.
He got up and ran at the victim, punched him in the face and demanded moneyAnthony Bailey
But when Billingham, 19, of Serpentine Road, Fareham, asked for cash, the younger robber launched an attack on the victim, 17, punching and kicking him.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard the younger defendant had been stabbing a knife in the ground before the robbery and the victim was scared when the attack started as he could not see the knife.
The boy punched and kicked the victim who suffered injuries above his eye and on his elbow, and his head bled profusely.
Prosecutor Anthony Bailey said: ‘Derran Billingham asked the victim if he had any money as he needed to get to QA Hospital.
‘Then what happened was a totally unprovoked attack by the co-accused. He got up and ran at the victim, punched him in the face and demanded money. The punch that was delivered contacted with the victim’s left eye and caused bruising, it was a hard punch with clenched fist.’
Mr Bailey added: ‘What concerned him most was that before the assault the co-accused had produced a knife and he was stabbing it in the ground.’
The victim handed over £10 and a tobacco tin to the younger robber.
Both Billingham and his co-defendant left the field leaving the boy crying during the crime in August. Both were later arrested by police in Fareham and Gosport respectively.
Sentencing the pair, Judge Peter Dixon Crabtree said it was an ‘extremely serious’ robbery.
He handed Billingham a 16-month sentence to run consecutive to a 10-month term for a suspended sentence he breached.
The other robber had been given a youth rehabilitation order for another robbery. The judge revoked it and gave him an 18-month detention and training order.
The court head they both have a previous conviction for robbery.
Bridget O’Hagan, for the younger robber who has since turned 17, said he had woken up and smelled the coffee after being in custody but had been taking cannabis.
Daniel Reilly, for Billingham, said he had difficulty growing up and was known to a mental health team. Both Billingham and the other boy pleaded guilty to the robbery. The judge said they showed considerable remorse.