A 20-YEAR-OLD man who attacked a friend after an argument over drugs has been jailed for more than three years.
Adam Bell, of Ironside Street, Houghton, punched his victim to the floor and knocked him unconscious before stealing a games console, Durham Crown Court heard.
His accomplice, Paul Bell, 22, who kept watch in the street, was jailed for 22 months.
Prosecutor Rebecca Brown told the court the 34-year-old victim was returning to his home in Sacriston when he saw Adam Bell.
“The victim formed the impression he was drunk,” added Ms Brown.
“There was an argument in the hall of the house before Adam Bell struck his victim twice to the head.
“He then went upstairs and took a games console. Paul Bell was outside wearing a hooded top, covering his face.
“The victim regained consciousness quickly and called the police.
“Paul Bell shouted to Adam Bell to tell him the police were on their way.”
Adam Bell and Paul Bell, of Elliott Street, Sacriston, both admitted robbery on December 16 last year. The court heard both men have many previous convictions and have previously served prison sentences.
Don MacFaul, for Adam Bell, said: “This was not a planned offence, he went to the house hoping to get some drugs.
“No weapon was used and the assault was not persisted with.
“Since being on remand in prison, Mr Bell has realised he has to change the way he lives his life.”
Jane Waugh, for Paul Bell, said: “He was not aware of what was happening until the end of this incident.
“He pleads guilty to robbery as part of a joint enterprise, but he never entered the house or used any violence.”
The Recorder, Ms Amanda Rippon, jailed Adam Bell for three years and four months.
“I accept the injuries were not as serious as they could have been,” said the recorder. “Nor was this a planned offence.
“But it took place in the victim’s home, a place where he is entitled to feel safe.”