First-time father got drunk and committed robbery

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A DOTING dad who got drunk and mugged two schoolboys for their mobile phones has been parted from his young child by a 21 month prison sentence.

When arrested Craig David Allen insisted he committed the crimes to support his baby daughter, Doncaster Crown Court was told.

The two 15-year-olds were standing near the White Swan pub in Balby Road, Doncaster, when Allen, who was very drunk, approached them and asked for a cigarette.

Allen, aged 22, then asked to look at one of the boy’s phone but did not hand it back, said Carl Fitch, prosecuting.

He put it in his pocket and then demanded the other youth’s phone, saying: “Give me your phone or I’ll jaw you.”

Mr Fitch said the boy later described feeling “like jelly” because he feared being hit in the face.

When police arrested him at his home Allen told the officer: “I’m stupid, what have I done? I’m trying to support my babby, I know it’s not the right way to go about it.”

Allen admitted he had consumed two crates of lager but had no excuse for the robbery and theft, to which he pleaded guilty.

The phones were both recovered and returned to the teenagers.

Mr Fitch said Allen had nine previous convictions for 13 offences, including an 18 month term for a robbery at a petrol station.

Defence solicitor Richard Haigh said Allen had been taken into care as a child and since then had 12 different addresses in three years. He said: “He has had a thoroughly disrupted and unsettled upbringing.

“Despite that he was devoted to his dad and when he died four years ago he took to drink.”

Mr Haigh added: “The best thing that has happened to him was meeting a girl and having their daughter because for the first time he has had some settled emotional support.

“As he says in his letter to the court, he simply wants to devote his life to her but he is realistic enough to know custody for these offences is inevitable.”

Recorder William Lowe, QC, described the offences as “a form of bullying” He added: “The boy was terrified of what was going to happen and it follows I must impose a sentence of imprisonment.”

Allen received 21 months for the robbery and a concurrent one month term for the theft. Allen’s girlfriend and baby remained outside the court during the proceedings.