Violent robber locked up for Leeds alleyway attack

William Nicholson
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A robber who targeted a man in an alleyway in a gang attack has been jailed for four and a half years.

William Nicholson and two other men preyed on the victim as he was going to meet friends at the Royal Park pub, in Hyde Park, on December 21, 2016.

Leeds Crown Court heard the victim was grabbed from behind by Nicholson.

Bashir Ahmed, prosecuting, said Nicholson shouted 'Gotcha' and the victim recognised his voice.

Two other men were with Nicholson but had their faces covered.

One was holding a glass bottle by the neck and the victim feared it would be used as a weapon.

The victim fell to the ground and was repeatedly kicked and punched before the men took his wallet and mobile phone.

The victim managed to get to his feet and flagged down a police community support officer who was driving past.

More officers were called to the scene and Nicholson was arrested after a chase.

The two other attackers managed to escape.

The victim's wallet and mobile phone were recovered from the alleyway. He needed stitches to a cut lip as a result of the attack.

Nicholson, 26, of Bright Street, Stanningley, pleaded guilty to robbery.

He has 23 previous convictions, including for offences of robbery.

Marcus Waite, mitigating, said Nicholson accepted responsibility for what he had done.

Mr Waite said there had been "some history" between his client and the victim.