A 16-year-old boy was held down and robbed of his mobile phone after being attacked in the street, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Tuesday).
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was with a group of youngsters in the centre of Wainfleet when he was approached by Nathan Ardron and Ashley Deavin.
Philip Gibbs, prosecuting, said that the boy, who was walking towards the Queens Estate, took a call from his father telling him it was time for him to come home only for Deavin to intervene.
“Deavin told the boy to come to him. Ardron then grabbed the boy by the arm and dragged him into the middle of the road.
“The boy was punched and then head butted by both defendants.
“He tried to fight back but he was over-powered. Deavin grabbed his arms and held his head while Ardron took his phone out of his pocket and put it into his own pocket. They continued to punch him before he managed to get over a fence and get away.”
Police were contacted and the mobile phone was later found underneath Deavin’s bed.
Ardron, 21, of Cranberry Lane, Friskney, and Deavin, 21, of Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, each admitted robbery as a result of the incident on the evening of November 12, 2013.
Ardron was given a two year community order with 12 months supervision and a three month night time curfew. He was also excluded from Wainfleet for a year with the exception that he is allowed to pass through the town while travelling on the A52.
Deavin was given an 18 month jail sentence suspended for two years with 12 months supervision and a three month evening curfew.
Michael Cranmer-Brown, for Ardron, said he had no previous convictions and the offence was an aberration.
He said that since his arrest Ardron has heavily cut back on his drinking and has remained out of trouble.
There was also reference to Ardron having ‘some learning difficulties’ which meant he had help at school and college. There was also a mention of ADHD.
David Eager, for Deavin, said his client moved back to live with his parents in Nottingham within a couple of days of the incident and has since turned his life around.
“He has got a job and is working every day. He is a young man who is really making efforts. He is earning money, paying tax and paying National Insurance.”