THESE babyfaced thugs – jailed for a total of more than 15 years – were high on cannabis when they carried out a terrifying knifepoint robbery on a youth in his own home.
The three were part of a five-strong mob which descended on 17-year-old Kurtis Allsopp’s two-bedroom flat above a shop in Sheffield.
During the 45-minute ordeal, he was threatened with a kitchen knife, marched from room to room, forced to obey orders, slapped and told he would be stabbed.
The thugs eventually left, taking two mobile phones, a laptop computer, cigarettes and trainers worth £257.
Judge Roger Keen told Sheffield Crown Court the youths were all under the influence of drugs when they committed the ‘pre-planned’ crime.
A spokesman for Addaction, which operates in Sheffield and helps drug and alcohol users recover from their addictions, said afterwards: “Addaction sees a lot of young people using cannabis. There is a growing evidence to show cannabis use might trigger existing mental health conditions.
“We see people who are depressed through cannabis use and suffering from anxiety and insecurity.”
The court heard Mr Allsopp was suspicious when the group turned up at his home in Sheffield in May, but let his close friend Sam Charles in.
Charles, aged 18, picked up a knife from a kitchen drawer and allowed the others inside.
A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named took the knife, from Charles, and the victim was marched into the lounge and forced to sit on a settee.
David Wain, prosecuting, said Mr Allsopp was slapped before Ryan Broomhead, 20, got the knife and threatened the victim.
When Mr Allsopp moved towards the window, the 16-year-old shouted: “Quick, stab him.”
Each of the gang, all from Pitsmoor, Sheffield, accepted it was a planned robbery, but played down their roles.
Charles, of Canada Street, Broomhead, of Sedan Street, 18-year-olds Aidan Checkley, of Carwood Road and Stacey Desforgers, of Skipton Road, Broomhead’s then girlfriend, and the 16-year-old all admitted the robbery on May 29.
Checkley further admitted a burglary with an accomplice on May 18 in Sheffield where £2,000 of jewellery, TVs, a hi-fi system, a games console and electronic goods were stolen.
Broomhead and Checkley were each sent to a young offenders’ institution for four years and six months. Charles was locked up for four years and the 16-year-old was given three years’ detention. Desforgers was given a 12-month community order with 200 hours of unpaid work.