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Sentencing the boy to 39 months and two weeks' detention, Recorder of Liverpool Judge Clement Goldstone QC said he accepted his remorse was genuine.But he added "However innocent you look now as you sit in your smart suit, you did not look innocent when you held up bank staff and terrorised them."
The boy told police he had planned the robbery a couple of days earlier. He was "envious of other people who had material things he wanted." He admitted trying to separate the money after the robbery, cleaning himself up and going back to the scene to see how many police officers were in attendance.
In mitigation, his defence solicitor said that the facts if the case are "as startling as the are tragic." His family, she said, were "instrumental in bringing this young man to justice."
The boy told police upon questioning that he was sorry. His lawyer told the court he had an "impeccable character" and was "polite, courteous and obedient" and realised he has brought shame on his family.
The court watched CCTV footage from the bank, showing the boy dressed in a black Parker jacket with a black scarf covering his face. In his right hand he held what appeared to be a handgun and pointed it at two bank workers.
The Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Clement Goldstone QC, was shown the imitation firearm in court. Still covered in the red dye from the money, it was he said "not surprising... that the victims of the robbery thought it was real."
A Liverpool schoolboy described as a "model pupil" is in court to be sentenced for armed robbery. The 15-year-old, whose identity is protected by the courts because of his age, held up a Barclays Bank in Anfield on Friday 20th September 2013.
He escaped with £2,200.
He was turned in to police when his mother found an imitation firearm and the stash of cash, stained with dye, in his bedroom. The boy pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and one count of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at an earlier hearing.
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A "model pupil" who robbed a bank in Liverpool with an imitation firearm will be sentenced later.