Pair jailed over alleyway attack on Leeds teenager

Ryan Keighley and Eden Dyson.
Ryan Keighley and Eden Dyson.
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TWO men have been jailed for carrying out a violent alleyway robbery of a teenager.

Ryan Keighley and Eden Dyson targeted the victim as he walked home in the early hours of the morning after a night out.

Leeds Crown Court heard the 18-year-old victim and his female friend were walking through a ginnel, known locally as Piggy Lane, in Kippax at 1.40am on November 16 2013.

Keighley and Dyson knocked the victim to the floor and repeatedly kicked and punched him as they demanded his mobile phone.

The victim got to his feet and was attacked again before the mobile phone was taken from him. The victim suffered cuts and bruises to his face and body.

The court heard Dyson, 23, also carried out a vicious attack on his former partner and her friend while he was awaiting sentence for the robbery.

Describing the attack, prosecutor Kathryn Stuckey said Dyson punched the victim “out cold” after they had met in January this year and she ended their relationship.

The woman regained consciousness to find Dyson on top of her and he continued to hit her in the face and neck. Dyson pushed the woman’s friend into a mirror when she tried to stop the attack.

The woman described Dyson as “going berserk” during the attack.

Keighley, 25, of The Drive, Kippax, pleaded not guilty to robbery but was convicted by a jury after a trial. He was jailed for three years.

Dyson, of Pondfield Drive, Kippax pleaded guilty to robbery, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, breach of a restraining order and common assault. He was jailed for three years, 11 months.

Recorder Richard Gioserano said: “A significant degree of force was used during this attack.”