Teenagers jailed for robbing moped rider

PUBLISHED: 11:42 17 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:14 06 May 2010

TWO teenagers who robbed a youth after knocking him off his moped have been sentenced to custody. The 19-year-olds from Letchworth GC were drunk at the time of the offence on February 5 this year which began in a car park near Stevenage Football Club. Bef

TWO teenagers who robbed a youth after knocking him off his moped have been sentenced to custody.

The 19-year-olds from Letchworth GC were drunk at the time of the offence on February 5 this year which began in a car park near Stevenage Football Club.

Before Luton Crown Court last Thursday were James McCarthy and Kane Majlath. They both pleaded guilty to robbery.

Majlath, of Norton Way North, was sentenced to two years youth custody. McCarthy, of Jackmans Place, also admitted dangerous driving and was sentenced to two-and-a-half years with a three-year disqualification.

Bill McGivern, prosecuting, said three 16-year-olds were in the car park when McCarthy drove in. There was some kind of chase along a track, and the victim fell behind his friends. His moped was clipped and he fell off.

Then Majlath got out of the passenger seat and kicked the victim on the ground. McCarthy joined in and they robbed him of his mobile phone and £90.

They were arrested the following day. Some of the cash was found at McCarthy's home with the victim's blood on it. The mobile phone was in Majlath's possession.

Will Noble, defending Majlath, said: "The description of his behaviour that night does not reconcile with the pleasant and thoroughly charming man I have met. It was totally out of character. He has written a letter to the victim offering compensation and his sincerest apologies.

"He had difficulty reintegrating himself in Britain after living for a long time in Hungary and wanted to be accepted. He was susceptible to peer group pressure."

Matthew Kirk, defending McCarthy, said: "There have been dramatic changes in his life. He comes from a religious family and has now embraced the Christian religion.

"He has been taken on as an apprentice plasterer and is learning how to read. He is extremely remorseful."

Judge Jeffrey Burke QC said: "This was a joint enterprise and there was substantial violence. You were older and no doubt bigger than your victim, who was extremely frightened.

"On the other hand you are both young, this robbery was not planned and have both pleaded guilty. But it would be wholly wrong, in view of the seriousness of this case, not to pass immediate custodial sentences.

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