Four teenagers from Kent have been jailed for their part in a robbery in Chatham, which left their victim with a fractured cheekbone. The teenagers attacked a young man who was walking home from a pub in Rochester, in September last year. He was punched and kicked, before his phone and items of jewellery were stolen.
17-year-old William Reader, from Gravesend and 16-year-old Paul Cox, from Northfleet, pleaded guilty to the robbery, while 18-year-old Robert Haines from Gillingham and 19-year-old Martine Read from Gravesend, were found guilty during a trial that ended in March 2013.
The teenagers were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 3 May. Haines and Read each received three years in youth custody, while Cox and Reader were sentenced to two years detention and training.
– Detective Constable Karen Hearn, Kent Police
This was an unprovoked and callous attack on a man that was left curled in a ball on the floor in an attempt to protect himself from the repeated blows he received.
After the victim contacted police, we were able to make swift arrests and put them before the court. I hope while they are off the streets they are able to contemplate their actions and the impact this has had on the victim, who showed a great deal of courage and bravery by reporting this and having to relive it again in court."
– David Norris, Victim
I’m pleased with the outcome, I just hope that during their sentence they can change their ways and learn about the consequences of what they did.
Reporting it to the police as soon as it happened really helped and I now feel as though it’s all over and done with now."