Teenagers locked up over Leeds nightclub mobile phone robbery

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Two teenagers who left a man with a facial injury as they robbed him of his mobile phone outside a nightclub have been locked up.

The victim was punched to the ground and kicked in the head during the incident outside the Cockpit in the early hours of August 12 last year.

Leeds Crown Court heard he was sat on the steps outside the venue when he was punched in the head by Matthew Ryan, 18.

His phone was taken from him and a group of men ran off. The victim chased after the group and caught up with Ryan in a bid to get his phone back.

During the struggle Ashley Napier, also 18, joined in the attack and kicked the victim in the head. After the incident some members of the group were seen on CCTV celebrating and touching fists.

Alasdair Campbell, prosecuting, said Napier told police after his arrest that he had taken a lot of drink and drugs at the time of the offence.

Napier, of no fixed address, and Ryan, of Copperfields Crescent, East End Park, Leeds, both pleaded guilty to robbery.

Napier was sent to a young offenders’ institution for 18 months and Ryan for 16 months. Lawyers for both men said Ryan and Napier were sorry for their actions and were taking steps to change the way they behaved in the future.

The court heard Napier will be taking part in a television documentary upon his release from custody.

Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “It was no doubt a very frightening experience for himIt was aggravated by the fact that it was in a public place at night. There was a number of you and it was an attack fuelled by drink and drugs.”

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