A TEENAGER who punched a man in the head during an attempted robbery has been jailed.
Nathan Huitson, 19, set upon his victim as he was walking home alone from a party in Portchester just after midnight.
Huitson, from Carlton Road, Portchester, approached the man, who was listening to his iPod, three times.
On the first occasion Huitson asked him for the time, then he returned and grabbed his victim by the wrists but he managed to pull away.
Moments later Huitson then approached the victim again in the car park of the Co-op store in White Hart Lane on September 19.
Prosecutor Rob Welling said: ‘He was approached by the defendant shouting: “Come on then” described as being very pumped-up and aggressive.
‘He said something like “empty your pockets, give me everything in your pockets”.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard Huitson then punched the man twice to the head, causing the glasses he was wearing to break.
However the victim managed to flee to the safety of his nearby home.
When arrested interviewed he told police “this is a joke” and “you got nothing”, the court heard.
Daniel Reilly, defending, said in mitigation that the attempted robbery was ‘out of character’ and that Huitson was sorry for what he had done.
But Huitson also pleaded guilty to charges of stealing 13 bikes worth £4,310 in separate offences between August 21 and October 10.
The thefts took place across Swanwick, Rowlands Castle, Portchester, Havant, Fareham, Haslemere and Milford in Surrey.
Huitson pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery and 13 counts of bike theft.
He was sentenced to 16 months in prison.
Recorder Simon Privett, sentencing, said: ‘You, together with your friends were out and about when you took it upon yourself to approach a young man.
‘You made three approaches to him getting gradually more aggressive. You punched him in the face, you broke his glasses and you demanded he empty his pockets so that you could have the contents.
‘You would have robbed him but for the fact that he made off.’