Sunderland teenager beaten up by robbers hiding in his car

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A TEENAGE driver was beaten unconscious when he caught two robbers hiding inside his car.

The 17-year-old suffered multiple head and face injuries after being attacked by Ian Smith and Kyle Dixon.

His wallet, mobile phone and satnav system were stolen during the terrifying attack.

At Newcastle Crown Court this week, Smith, 22, of Southwick Road, Sunderland, was jailed for four and a half years.

Dixon, 18, of Brandling Street, was given three-and-a-half years detention. Both had previously admitted robbery.

Judge John Evans told them: “You both left him quite a mess as a result of punching him and kicking him repeatedly as you did.

“Those who decide to attack people in the way you two decided to will find themselves spending a long time in custody.”

The court heard the victim had approached his car after leaving a friend’s house and was planning on driving home.

Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court: “He saw two figures in the back of his car.At first he thought they were friends of his.

“He decided to use the central locking to try and trap the two in the car, as payback at the joke. He then realised the front passenger window was either missing or down and realised the people in the car were not friends of his.”

The court heard the victim had cuts, bruising and swelling to his face and head when he regained consciousness after the violence.

Michael Hodson, defending Smith, who has convictions for 90 previous offences, said: “If he did not drink or take drugs and applied better thinking skills to his impulsive behaviour, then offences would not be committed.

“He wants me specifically to say he is extremely sorry to the complainant.”

Mr Hodson said Smith, who is “appalled” by the injuries he helped cause, has sought help to overcome his problems.

Vic Laffey, also defending, said Dixon, who has convictions for five offences, is a full-time carer and has never been in such serious trouble before.

Mr Laffey added: “This has had a salutary effect on him.”