Sheffield knife robber has his sentence cut

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A TEENAGE knifeman who went on a crime spree after escaping from custody has had his sentence cut by two years on appeal.

Decan John Wallis, aged 19, was serving a 32-month sentence at Thorn Cross Young Offenders Institution in Warrington, when he fled last November and went on the run for several months.

While on the run, Wallis, of Chesterfield Road, Meersbrook, Sheffield, took a car, robbed a student of his laptop at knife-point and duped the police into thinking he was his brother when arrested.

Wallis was sentenced to nine years detention at Sheffield Crown Court on May 2 having pleading guilty to robbery, perverting the course of justice and escaping from lawful custody.

Lord Justice Pitchford, Mr Justice Bean and Mr Underhill, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, cut that to seven years in light of his youth.

The court heard the student was confronted in a Sheffield underpass where he was threatened with a blade by Wallis and robbed of his bag which contained a valuable laptop and his iPhone.

Mr Justice Underhill said “There were a number of aggravating factors, including the use of the knife to threaten the victim, the fact the robbery was carried out by a group in the dark and the fact that it took place in an underpass where pedestrians are particularly vulnerable.”

Although there was no mitigation other than his youth, the judge allowed the appeal.