Robbers targeted lone 18-year-old in Leeds rail station ordeal

Share this article
Have your say

Two men have been jailed after they robbed a student of his phone when he got off a train at a railway station in Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard Jake Bennett, 18, was with a friend when he got on the Manchester Victoria train at Leeds Station on August 5 last year.

He noticed three men in the carriage and felt wary when they also got off at Bramley while his friend stayed on the train.

One of the men left, but the other two waited as Mr Bennett caught up with them.

James Bourne-Arton prosecuting told the court one of the pair, Mathew Mark Cooke then grabbed his wrist tightly and demanded his mobile phone on which he had been listening to music.

He refused to hand it over but the other man, Richard James Fagan pulled it from Mr Bennett’s pocket and the pair ran off. After the robbery was reported Fagan was identified from CCTV footage. He and Cooke were arrested.

Fagan had previous convictions for offences including dishonesty but none for robbery while Cooke’s previous offences included a robbery in 2005.

Marcus Waite for Cooke said his client had acted spontaneously and on an impulse when they saw the complainant. He said he would pay heavily if jailed because his partner had recently given birth to their first child.

Michael Walsh for Fagan said his client was ashamed and realised he had been extremely foolish but had been short of money at the time because of problems over his benefits.

Cooke, 32, of Fairfield Terrace, Bramley and Fagan, 31 of Wyther Park Terrace, Bramley, both Leeds admitted robbery and were each jailed for 19 months.

Judge James Spencer QC said there had to be a jail term, adding: “There were two of you, he was on his own, it seems to me his youth and your acting as a pair aggravate this matter as does your history of criminal activity.”

Ezgjan Alioski celebrates scoring against Derby County. PIC: Tony Johnson

Rob Atkinson: Watching Leeds United on TV is bad for the blood pressure