Sunderland brothers jailed for Metro robbery

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TWO brothers are behind bars after robbing a teenage boy on the Metro.

Dale and Shaun MacBeth sat next to the 15-year-old victim, who got on the train at Park Lane in Sunderland, when they got on the same carriage a few stops after him.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the brothers ordered the boy to hand over his iPod and threatened to break his jaw when he refused.

The youth then handed over the music player and headphones.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court the pair covered their faces with T-shirts and hoods as they left the train, in a bid to disguise their identity.

But they were caught when detectives checked CCTV footage from the Metro train.

The incident happened last August, and Dale MacBeth, 22, and Shaun MacBeth, 32, both of Eastbourne Square, Carley Hill, pleaded guilty to robbery.

Dale had admitted unrelated shoplifting charges.

He was jailed for a total of three years.

Shaun also admitted unrelated charges of possession of class C drugs, theft of a bike and possession of two bladed articles.

He was jailed for a total of two-and-a-half years.

Judge David Wood told them: “This offence is so serious, only custody can be justified for it.

“The victim was a particularly vulnerable young man who you targeted on a public transport system.”

The court heard both brothers had asked to be remanded in custody before Christmas in a bid to stay away from drink and drugs and make positive steps to turn their lives around.

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