Leeds crime spree teenager jailed

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A teenager who carried out a crime spree of burglaries and robberies worth £23,000 has been locked up.

Ben Shann, 17, was handed the 12-month detention order after pleading guilty to robbery and asking for 21 further similar offences to be taken into consideration when he appeared before a judge at Leeds Crown Court.

Shann and his accomplice Christopher Gomersall, 16, attacked a Leeds University student and robbed him of his laptop as he walked home in the early hours of August 7 this year.

Michael Collins, prosecuting, said the pair targeted the student as he walked through the Hyde Park area of the city before robbing him on Harold Grove.

The victim was repeatedly punched and kicked for around three minutes.

They were arrested shortly after the incident by police officers who were on patrol due to an increase in the number of robberies in the area.

Shann and Gomersall said they carried out the offence as they had no money and wanted to sell the laptop to buy a takeaway.

The both pleaded guilty to robbery. Shann, of Spencer Place, Chapeltown, asked for 21 offences of robbery and burglary to be taken into consideration.

The court heard he also has previous convictions for robbery. Gomersall, of The Crescent, East Ardsley, asked for one other offence of robbery to be taken into consideration. He was made the subject of 12 community rehabilitation order and a two month curfew.

Kenton Sargeant, for Shann, said he had co-operated with the police and admitted carrying out the offences as he wanted to wipe the slate clean and address his offending. He added that Shann’s girlfriend was three months pregnant.

Martin Sharpe, for Gomersall, said the robbery was an opportunistic offence and had not been planned.

He said Gomersall and had a difficult childhood but was now receiving support and was remorseful for his actions.

Judge Rodney Grant told Shann he was sending him to custody because he had been before the court before for robbery.

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