Sunderland teenagers attacked man after asking him for a cigarette

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TWO teenagers have been locked up while a judge decides of they should be given prison sentences for a street robbery.

Anthony Wallace and Ryan McBurnie targeted a 36-year-old man in May as he walked home alone along Argyle Street, Sunderland, after a visit to the pub.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the pair initially seemed to befriend their target, who had agreed to hand over a cigarette when he was asked.

But prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court: “He described starting to feel uneasy and managed to walk away.

“There were very few people about.”

The court heard as the victim tried to continue his journey home Wallace grabbed him by the neck and demanded cash.

McBurnie initially tried to calm his pal but then joined in taking £5 from the man.

Wallace, 18, of St Bede’s Terrace, Sunderland, and McBurnie, 19, of Robertson Square, also Sunderland, both admitted robbery.

The pair also admitted carrying out a burglary where milk, tobacco and bread were stolen from a room at a Centre Point hostel in Sunderland last November.

Mr Recorder Robin Mairs adjourned the case until Friday and the pair, who had previously been on bail, were remanded in custody.

The judge told them: “I want to think about this case.”