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Prison terms for teenagers convicted of Leeds robbery

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A trio of teenage robbers who subjected their victim to an “appalling” attack have been jailed.

Leeds Crown Court heard that Benjamin Forrest-Daniels, aged 18, and two accomplices, a 16 and 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, carried out the attack in the Guiseley area of the city.

On October 27th last year, the gang had followed the victim home, after he had finished his shift at a local fish and chip shop.

His attackers trailed him for more than a mile before ambushing him in an alleyway. The victim was punched to the ground and repeatedly kicked; suffering a broken nose in what was a particularly brutal assault.  He was ordered to hand over his mobile phone, wallet and loose change.

Passing sentence, Judge Christopher Batty told the defendants: “You are all, I’m afraid, going to have to go to custody.

“I do not think any of you realised when you were tracking this man down the road, how serious this offence is.”

Court had heard that all three defendants were intelligent young men, who came from loving families. They were said to be ashamed of their actions.

“People of your education and background have to understand that if you behave in such a despicable manner, your background won’t save you,” the judge added.

Forrest-Daniels, of Wakefield, was sent to a young offenders’ institute for 21 months.

The 17-year-old, who had previously spent time in prison for robbing holidaymakers in Tenerife, was detained for two years, while the 16-year-old was sentenced to 12 months behind bars.

If you are facing robbery charges, it is important that you seek expert legal advice as soon as possible. At Lester Morrill, our criminal law team has a wealth of experience representing those accused. To find out how our Leeds-based solicitors can help you, contact us today.