Robbers struck after following man from nightclub

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A MAN who took part in a violent street robbery of a victim he had befriended in a nightclub has been jailed.

Luke Jordan, 25, was given a two-year sentence over the gang attack in Wakefield city centre on October 22 last year.

Leeds Crown Court heard Jordan and another man were in Exchange Bar, on Westgate, when they began talking to the 37-year-old victim.

The men became friendly during the evening and the victim bought them drinks.

The victim left the bar around 11pm and began walking towards a taxi rank.

Jordan and two other men then followed him. One of the men punched him to the ground and a foot was placed on his head.

Jordan went through his pockets and took his bank card.

The victim was then forced to tell the men his PIN. The three men left the victim and went to a Santander bank and withdrew £100.

CCTV footage was later recovered which showed the men stood at the machine dividing up the money.

Jordan, of Duke of York Avenue, Portobello, Wakefield, was arrested and admitted responsibility over his role in the attack.

He told officers he was drunk at the time and had taken amphetamines. He pleaded guilty to robbery.

The court heard one of the other men who took part in the attack has already been jailed for three years. The other one has not been traced by police.

Vincent Blake-Barnard, mitigating, said: “When he woke up the next morning he was absolutely disgusted with himself. It was a moment of insanity.

“He has not got any excuse for what has happened.”

Mr Blake-Barnard said Jordan had no previous convictions, had a young son and worked a full time as a groundsman.

Jailing Jordan, Judge James Spencer, QC, said: “You took his hospitality and then you followed him and robbed him in the street.

“There was a foot placed on his head and your part was to rifle through his pockets while he was still on the floor.”