Leeds teenage robbers jailed for attack

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TWO teenagers who “humiliated” a young couple in a violent knife-point robbery have been jailed.

Salfraz Ahmed, 18, repeatedly punched the female victim in the face, Leeds Crown Court heard yesterday.

Her boyfriend was forced to stand by and watch the attack in Chapel Allerton earlier this year.

A judge who saw photographs of the woman’s injury described how the blows had left her looking like the “elephant man” due to her injuries.

Ahmed and his 17-year-old accomplice were both armed with lock-knifes when they approached the couple near Montreal Avenue at 11pm on February 5.

Michele Stuart-Lofthouse, prosecuting, said the pair were threatened with the weapons and demands were made for money before Ahmed struck the woman in the face.

She was punched again before her boyfriend handed over his wallet and mobile phone.

Ahmed struck her again in the face before running away after being shouted at by a resident in the street.

The pair were arrested a short time later and found in possession of the stolen item and the weapons.

Ahmed, of Harehills Lane, Harehills and the 17-year-old, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to robbery, attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

Ahmed was sent to a young offenders’ institution for three years and has accomplice for two years and two months.

Judge Alistair McCallum told them: “The most senior judge in the land has said time and time again that knife crime has to be dealt with significantly.

“The increase in the use of knives in our country has substantially increased over the past few years.”

Leeds Crown Court heard Ahmed has previous convictions for affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

The 17-year-old has previous convictions for assault.

Mark Foley, mitigating, said Ahmed accepted that he played a full part in the attack and had a habit of carrying knives.

He said: “He has a lot going for him and this offence, despite his previous offending, is a puzzling one.”

Simon Batiste, for the 17 year-old, said his involvement was less serious as he did not throw the punches in the attack.


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