A SCHOOLBOY was robbed and then punched in the face in Lancaster in what a judge described as a “mean, nasty, bullying offence.”
Preston Crown Court heard that Liam Kennedy, 23, of Church Brow, Bolton-le-Sands, and two other men targeted their 14-year-old victim as he played on his Nintendo DS games console with his friends in Market Square on October 13 last year.
Kennedy asked him for a “fag”, and then tried to snatch the games console.
The 14-year-old refused but was then punched in his head. Kennedy’s defence lawyer said he had symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome which meant he was easily led by others, and that he had been “dared” by his accomplices.
Judge Stuart Baker said: “You have commited a robbery in the street on a young lad aged 14. What you stole may not have been valuable, but what you did was subject him to a very unpleasant ordeal..”
Kennedy was jailed for 16 months, suspended for two years, two year’s supervision and a six-month electronically tagged curfew. He must pay £300 compensation and a £100 victim surcharge.