Jailed for robbing a boy, 11

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A 20-YEAR-old man who robbed a schoolboy nearly half his age under threat of violence has been put behind bars for 10 months.

Jacob Walsh was in Ashdale Road, Hindley, where he used to live, when he began talking to two brothers, aged 11 and 14, with whom he was friendly.

The older boy went into his home leaving the younger lad with Walsh in an alleyway and Walsh demanded that he hand over his Blackberry mobile phone, said Gerald Jones, prosecuting.

“Give me the phone or I’ll slap you across the head,” said Walsh.

The frightened boy handed it over and Walsh ran off. Following the September 23 incident Walsh, who was on bail for stealing from a house at the time, was arrested on December 1 while appearing at Wigan Magistrates’ Court.

When interviewed by police Walsh, a homeless cannabis user, denied the offence and claimed that the family were lying.

The phone has not been recovered, added Mr Jones.

Walsh, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to robbery.

Amos Waldman, defending, said that it had been an opportunistic offence which Walsh regretted. He had been motivated by a need for money for food and cannabis and at the time had been living from pillar to post.

Sentencing him, Judge Stephen Everett said that Walsh has repeatedly breached a previous court order and he believed the only person Walsh was sorry for was himself.