Night-time curfew for teenager who stole phone Evington Park, Leicester
A teenager who robbed a victim of a mobile phone has been placed on a three-month night-time curfew.
Khari Walker (18) admitted committing the offence in Evington Park, Leicester, at 8.40pm on September 5 last year.
Philip Gibbs, prosecuting, said the 17-year-old victim was walking with a 17-year-old friend and two others. Walker, who was smoking cannabis at the time, was with an associate. They approached the group and confronted the victim.
Mr Gibbs said: "Walker produced a phone from his pocket and pressed it against the victim's neck. The victim believed it was a knife."
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Walker patted the victim's pockets and stole his phone.
Mr Gibbs told Leicester Crown Court: "The victim thought Walker would slit his throat and didn't resist."
Walker, of Cordery Road, Evington, then punched the victim and his friend in their chests, causing them pain and discomfort, but no visible injuries.
Walker, who was 17 at the time, admitted common assault on the robbery victim's friend.
The defendant was sentenced to an 18-month community order, with supervision. He was placed on a 7pm to 7am curfew for three months. Walker was also ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.
The court heard he had stayed out of trouble since the offence and was attending college.
Sentencing, Judge Sylvia De Bertodano said: "I have read about the difficulties you've faced. You also had issues with cannabis.''
Judge De Bertodano said Walker could normally expect a custodial sentence for robbery but, because of his age and recent progress, she was prepared to give him a chance.
She said that any breach of the court's order and he could expect to be brought back before her to be re-sentenced.