Drunk yobs locked up for terrifying street robbery of teenage brothers

John Ward

John Ward

Two drunken yobs have been put behind bars after two teenage brothers were subjected to a terrifying robbery ordeal in the street.

The victims, who were aged 15 and 16, had been on their way to a shop near their Gateshead home on October 4 when they were approached by Kylie Wilson, 24, and John Ward, 30, who had been drinking all day.

Kylie Wilson

Kylie Wilson

Newcastle Crown Court heard the frightened teens were ordered to hand over their belongings and one was pushed against a wall while Ward warned he would "knock their heads off".

During the attack, Wilson snatched £7 in change one of the boys had been holding in his hand.

Ward swung punches and searched through pockets during the attack, in which nobody was physically hurt.

After their ordeal, one victim said he was left "shocked and scared".

His brother told police he was "really shocked people of their age would go around taking money from kids".

The court heard Wilson, of Gosforth Terrace, Gateshead, and Ward, of Garnet Street, Sunderland, who have no recollection of what they did, both have criminal records.

They both pleaded guilty to robbery and attempted robbery.

Judge Paul Sloan QC sentenced them both to 16 months behind bars.

The judge told them: "It must have been a terrifying incident for both of them.

"You were both drinking to excess, all afternoon, and neither had any recollection of what took place and limited recollection of the evening full stop.

"Both brothers have been left shaken and scared by what happened.

"One in particular said he was shocked people like yourselves would steal from children."

Tony Cornberg, defending, said Wilson has "wasted the last ten years" drinking and getting into trouble but has been gaining qualifications in custody and making positive steps forward.

Paul Currer, defending Ward, said: "It is a mean and unpleasant offences, a bullying type.

"He is ashamed and embarrassed of what he has done.

"He extends, through me, an apology to his victims and that is a sincere apology.

"He has to change, he is aware of that."