17-year-old boy kicked in the head five times during 'vicious' robbery
A ROBBER who attacked a student in an alleyway has been jailed.
Lee Richards, 23, chased a group of students as they walked home from a night out along Anlaby Road, west Hull.
When the group separated in a bid to get away from him, Richards and a friend followed one 17-year-old boy up a tenfoot and robbed him.
Richards initially threw a glass bottle at the boy, which smashed near his head. As the teenager cowered on the ground, Richards kicked him in the head five times.
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Richards shouted at the youth "Do you know who I am?" before demanding he hand over all his property.
The boy handed over his mobile phone and £4 in cash.
Prosecutor Jharna Jobes told Hull Crown Court: "The victim threw himself to the ground to protect himself after the defendant threw a glass bottle at him aggressively.
"He was kicked about the head five times.
"The victim said the level of force used was eight out of ten. He heard him shout 'give me your stuff' in an angry voice and he took out his mobile phone and £4.
"He used his arms to protect himself. As Richards left, he kicked the victim's legs."
The victim claims Richards threatened to rape him unless he told him where his friends were but the defendant denied this.
The judge in the case decided another hearing was not necessary to decide the issue.
Richards pleaded guilty to robbery.
His barrister John Thackray said: "He has expressed his remorse for his involvement in this disgraceful offence.
"He has been racked with remorse since the committing this offence.
"He knew he would be facing an inevitable custodial sentence. He wishes to stay out of trouble and lead a decent life when he is released."
Richards, of Anlaby, has been jailed for two years and eight months.
Recorder Nick Campbell QC told him: "This was a vicious and a mean offence of robbery when you targeted a group of four young men late at night.
"You intimidated them to the point where they ran away from you. They separated and you followed your unfortunate victim into the tenfoot from which there was no escape.
"You threw a glass bottle against the wall aggressively and he went to the ground to protect himself and you kicked him around the head with your foot. The blows were forceful and you shouted at him to give you his stuff.
"He had his phone and just a few pounds in loose change. Before you left him you kicked him again and you were shouting and screaming at him.
"Your behaviour frightened and embarrassed your victim. I do not find you pose a significant risk to the public, but you do pose a risk. You have to change your ways if you are going to enjoy your liberty.
"This robbery was conducted with the use of significant force, you used more violence than was necessary and it was sustained.
"I take into account the remorse you have expressed by your conduct and the injuries could have been worse than they were. I take into account this will be your first taste of custody. Had you not pleaded guilty, the sentence would have been four years."
Richards has a previous conviction from 2009 for affray where he held a knife to a teenager's throat.
He also has convictions for theft.