Sheffield robber who stole teen’s Xbox at knifepoint jailed for seven years

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A robber who punched a vulnerable teenager in the face and took money and an Xbox from him at knifepoint has been jailed for seven years.

Charlie Masang, aged 20, of Mount Street, Sharrow, Sheffield, attacked the ‘timid’ 17-year-old victim at a hostel in November 2014.

He was found guilty of robbery by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court by a majority verdict of 11 to one after denying the offence.

The court heard Masang, who was 18 at the time of the crime, had previous convictions for robbery and attempted robbery –including one incident in which he robbed an elderly woman of her handbag while in possession of a broken bottle.

Judge Mr Recorder John Thackray told Masang: “The complainant had just turned 17.

“He was a timid and slightly built 17-year-old and you are imposing and more heavily built.

“No doubt he was terrified of you when you pushed him into his room brandishing a knife.

“He should have been safe in his own room in his hostel.

“You punched him. You held the knife in close proximity and stole his possessions including his Xbox which was of sentimental value.

“He was thrilled to having had that purchased for him by his father as a belated birthday present.”

The judge said the victim had been left so scared by the conduct of Masang he left the hostel and did not return.

Masang will serve his sentence in a Young Offenders’ Institution.