A teenager who attacked an 80-year-old man during a botched mugging has narrowly escaped a jail sentence.
Pensioner Isaac ‘Ike’ Young was punched in the face when drug addict Christopher Swinglehurst tried to force his way into his Carcroft home late at night.
Swinglehurst, aged 18, of Borrowdale Close, Carcroft, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery when he appeared in the dock at Sheffield Crown Court.
Prosecutor Carl Fitch said Mr Young had enjoyed a quiet drink with a friend at Carcroft WMC on April 27 before he set off to cycle home.
As he pedalled he heard his name being called by Swinglehurst, whom he did not know, so he stopped.
Swinglehurst offered to sell him a bike for £10 and Mr Young agreed, after checking it was not stolen.
But when the defendant turned up at Mr Young’s home a few minutes later, he did not have the bike.
Mr Young became wary when the defendant asked for a drink and said he wanted to come in as the pensioner unlocked his front door.
Mr Young tried to shut the door behind him but, as he did so, he was punched in the face.
He managed to force the door shut and lock it.
Swinglehurst left the scene but his pushing on the door left fingerprints which enabled police to track him down a few days later.
When arrested he said he was in debt to a drug dealer and was ‘desperate for money’, said Mr Fitch.
His six previous convictions included two for robbery, with one of the victims being a boy of 15.
Defence counsel Kath Goddard said he had self-harmed while awaiting trial and now appreciated the gravity of the offence.
He was sentenced to a youth rehabilitation order with a six-month electronic curfew and intensive supervision.