Sheffield mugging victim too scared to go out

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A teenage robber has been locked up after he and a pal robbed a woman going home from Manor Social Club.

The victim was knocked unconscious and suffered multiple facial fractures.

The attack has left her too frightened to go out any more.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the 16-year-old attacker had been smoking cannabis but no longer had access to the drug.

The teenager admitted robbery when he appeared in the dock alongside his mother.

In the August 3 attack, a woman left the social club about midnight having had a quiet drink, the court heard.

She normally felt safe on her route home but bumped into a friend who told her he had seen two lads who were talking about ‘doing a robbery’.

“She knew the area and was confident that wasn’t going to happen,” said Bev Tait, prosecuting.

But after again bumping into some more friends after having a chat she felt a blow on the back of her head and slumped unconscious to the ground.

When she came round her bag and its contents had been stolen along with her neck chain.

The court was told a Good Samaritan escorted her home.

Miss Tait said the facial injuries were caused in the fall and by ‘implements’ used by the attackers.

She fortunately did not require surgery at hospital.

But in a victim impact statement read in court the victim said she now suffers from depression and the incident has made her frightened to go out.

She found it harder to trust people and was ‘emotionally hurt and shocked’ by the mugging.

The 16-year-old was arrested and told police he was with an accomplice who had a mop handle.

He claimed it was his pal who hit the woman around the head.

He admitted punching the victim in the face but the other lad grabbed the bag and he got nothing from the robbery.

The 16-year-old was given a youth rehabilitation order earlier this year having been convicted of another assault.

Judge Paul Watson said the teenager had made full admissions and sufficient progress in custody since his arrest for him to reduce his sentence.

He was given a 12-month detention and training order.