Jailed for night raid

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A WOMAN was beaten and robbed during a “terrifying” attack as she walked alone late at night.

Daniel Morris and his unknown accomplice punched and kicked the victim, leaving her battered and bruised, before taking her money and telephone.

The attack, during which the woman feared she would be sexually assaulted, happened in Sunderland in October last year.

The horrified victim was left with a sore cheek and nose, as well as lumps to her hand and head.

Morris, of Boston Street, Town End Farm, was jailed for two years at Newcastle Crown Court, for his part in the terrifying attack.

Sentencing, Judge Esmond Faulks told the 20-year-old: “You were one of two, who attacked a lone woman late at night.

“You knocked her to the ground, she was frightened she was going to be sexually assaulted, let alone have her property stolen.”

The judge added: “As a result of the attack she suffered injuries.

“Clearly it was a terrifying incident for her.

“She was kicked and punched and her money and mobile phone was stolen.”

Morris had admitted a charge of robbery at an earlier court hearing.

Julian Smith, mitigating, said Morris has made determined efforts to stay away from trouble.

And that Morris has completed courses in a bid to improve himself while being held in custody on remand.

Mr Smith added: “The robbery was a serious offence and very unpleasant.”

Morris was given a 12-month sentence, to run alongside the two-year term, for an unrelated offence of making threats to kill.