Teenager locked up after violent robbery in victim’s own home

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A TEENAGER has been locked up over his role in a gang attack on a man in his own home.

Liam Holden, 18, repeatedly punched, kicked and stamped on the victim as four attackers forced their way into his home and stole electrical equipment.

A court heard Holden was subject to a community-based punishment at the time of the incident over an attack in which he broke his victim’s jaw.

Leeds Crown Court heard Holden’s latest attack took place on May 24 this year at a house in Pontefract.

Paul Nicholson, prosecuting, said the victim answered a knock on his door around 4pm to find a group of youths standing outside.

The prosecutor said: “He immediately received a punch to the left side of his face.”

Holden was then dragged back into his home by the gang.

Two of the men then held his arms while Holden began to punch him repeatedly in the face.

He was then knocked to the floor and Holden began to kick him in the face and body.

The victim was then dragged into the kitchen where the beating continued.

Mr Nicholson said the victim lost count of the number of times he was punched and kicked.

He curled up into a ball in a bid to protect himself from serious injury.

The group then began helping themselves to items in the house and stole phones, speakers and other electrical equipment worth almost £1,000.

Holden then continued the violence towards the victim by punching him to the floor and delivering more kicks.

The out-of-control teenager eventually had to be restrained by the other gang members.

One of them told him: “You are going over the top. You are going too far.”

Holden, of Priory Road, Featherstone, was arrested after being recognised by the victim, who knew him as ‘Monty’.

He pleaded guilty to robbery.

The court heard Holden has several previous convictions for burglary, criminal damage and causing grievous bodily harm.

Stephen Swan, mitigating, said Holden was sorry for what he had done and had pleaded guilty to the attack at an early opportunity.

Mr Swan said Holden was immature for his age and “acted upon impulse.”

He said his client had been in custody since his arrest and he had struggled to cope.

Recorder Timothy Gittins ordered that Holden spend three years in a young offenders’ institution.

He said: “This was an extremely serious incident on a man who was alone, who was confronted at his front door by yourself and three others.

“You, if not the ringleader of this offence, were certainly at the forefront of it.”

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