Sunderland robbery victim was knocked unconscious twice – then had his shoes taken

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A YOB took the shoes off a teenager who had been battered unconscious and robbed by two youths.

A court was told Anthony Jones didn’t steal the shoes, but threw them back at his victim.

The victim was hanging out at Galleys Gill in Sunderland last August when he was attacked.

The boy was punched in the head by one youth and knocked unconscious before he woke to find the other youth taking his cash and mobile phone from his pocket.

He was then knocked unconscious again by the youth who was robbing him.

The attackers, who cannot be named, were dealt with at an earlier hearing at youth court. Newcastle Crown Court was told Jones arrived at the riverside spot after the attack and took the shoes from the boy’s feet while he was unconscious, before throwing them back at him.

He admitted affray when he appeared before Newcastle Crown Court.

Barry Robson, prosecuting, said: “He is now 20 years old. He was 19 at the time it occurred.

“He’s appeared five times before at the youth court and Sunderland Magistrates’ for being drunk and disorderly.”

Glenn Gatland, defending, said: “In relation to the offence, there were two separate incidents.

“What he did was pull off the shoes. He then threw them back to the injured party.

“He was conscious when he was handing the shoes back. He admits it was an affray.

“This defendant has an existing spine problem which prevents him from completing unpaid work.

“He does have some learning difficulties and he would benefit from supervision.

“He is a childminder for his sister who works.”

Judge Simon Hickey told Jones, of Canning Street, Newcastle: “In my judgement, you were involved in a joint incident.

“You were involved in that joint incident at the end of a man being knocked unconscious.

“Your real problem is you can’t keep off the drink.”

Judge Hickey sentenced Jones to six months in prison, suspended for 18 

He must also abide by a 9pm to 7am curfew seven days a week for four months, 18 months of supervision and also pay a victim surcharge of £80.

The two youths were handed referral orders and ordered to pay compensation when they appeared before a youth court at an earlier hearing.