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Teesside man jailed after robbing 10-year-old boy

A man has been jailed after robbing a 10-year-old boy in the street on Teesside.

The court heard how the 10-year-old had been shouted at and kicked in the shin by Mark Duffie, before the man snatched his mobile phone.

The 28-year-old, who had 81 previous convictions, was "talking weirdly" as he stood behind the boy and followed him out of a shop in Stockton, before he stole his phone.

Duffie, identified from CCTV of the incident, told police he couldn't remember the incident or going out at all.

He also told police that he had taken heroin and smoked cannabis and could not remember committing the crime or not.

Duffie denied kicking a child, and later admitted robbery. He has been jailed for 22 months.

“He accepts that his conduct was entirely inappropriate.

“He regrets involvement in that. He is somewhat embarrassed by the fact

that the robbery involved a 10-year-old child, and is coming to terms with that.

“He didn’t accept the physical violence that the Crown were alleging.

“He was clearly under the influence of drugs. Clearly his demeanour and presentation would have been threatening to a young boy who was walkingdown the street. Mark Duffie was repeatedly asking for a use of his phone.

"When it was surrendered to him, he took it and didn’t return it.”

– Andrew Turton, defending

“On any view you’ve got an appalling record.

“This was particularly mean and nasty, bearing in mind the boy was only 10.”

– Judge Peter Bowers