Robber attacked man as he was holding baby

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A VIOLENT young thug has been locked up for punching a man in the face and robbing him of cash as he was holding his baby daughter.

Joshua Sargent, 21, was sent to a young offenders institution for three years and four months over the attack which took place in the centre of Wakefield.

Leeds Crown Court heard Sargent approached the man who, was holding his two-month old daughter as he stood with his wife, on Westgate at 8.30pm on January 22 this year. Sargent threatened the man before punching him while he was still holding the baby.

The victim then handed the baby to his wife as Sargent continued to make demands for cash.

The man handed over a £5 note and Sargent left. The court heard the victim and his wife were left badly shaken and other people who witnessed the attack were shocked.

Shortly before the attack Sargent had approached two young people on Westgate and tried to snatch their mobile phones.

Sargent was arrested after he was recognised from CCTV footage of the incident.

He told police during interview that he could not recall the incident because he was drunk at the time.

Sargent, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to robbery and attempted robbery.

The court heard he has previous convictions for robbery and violent offences.

A probation service report described how Sargent had shown no remorse for the attack and had refused offers of help to address his offending behaviour.

Judge Rodney Jameson, QC, told Sargent: “I have read the pre-sentence report and it is a pretty depressing document.

“You have very little intention of taking advantage of any assistance you may get while in the custodial system.”

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