Sheffield bus knife thug has jail sentence cut

Ryan Roxburgh.
Ryan Roxburgh.
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A TERRITORIAL ‘bully boy’ who robbed a student on a Sheffield bus after pulling a knife on him has had his sentence cut.

Ryan Roxburgh, aged 18, was labouring under ‘an enlarged idea of his entitlement to territorial exclusivity’ when he approached a group of students on a bus from Norton into the city centre last April, London’s Criminal Appeal Court heard.

The thug, of Archdale Road, Manor, Sheffield, asked them: “What are you doing in my town?”

He told one youth, who replied he was from Doncaster, to get off the bus and get on a train home, before producing the knife and snatching a phone off one of the group.

The driver was alerted and Roxburgh fled after opening the bus door. He was caught after police recognised him from CCTV on the bus.

Roxburgh was sentenced to six years in a young offenders’ institution at Sheffield Crown Court last year, after admitting robbery, but top judges cut that to five years on appeal.

Mr Justice Nicol said: “He has a sorry criminal record given he is so young. However, this offence was unplanned.”