'Firearm’ robber teens sentenced

By Connie Osborne Friday 07 March 2014 Updated: 07/03 14:37

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TWO TEENAGERS have been sentenced to two and half years for robbing a Headless Cross off-licence with an imitation firearm.

The 15-year-olds from Redditch, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were given a detention order after pleading guilty at Worcester Crown Court on Monday (March 3).

Prosecutor, Rupert Jones, told the court the pair went in to TCL in Evesham Road, armed with pellet guns and with their faces covered in balaclavas and bandannas, about 9pm on January 8 this year.

One of the teenagers pointed the gun at the owner, Mohammed Ikram, and told him to handover alcohol, money and cigarettes.

He then fired a shot which narrowly missed him, before releasing a second pellet which hit him in the torso. He did not need medical attention.

The pair then ran out of the shop with £400 worth of goods and cash.

Lee Egan, defending, said the shopkeeper knew the gun was not real straight away which reduced his fear.

He added the defendant was immature for his age and had faced a difficult upbringing, while he pleaded guilty to the crime in the first instance.

Diljit Bachada, defending, added the other boy had carried out the raid because he was short of money and had not thought about the impact on the shopkeeper until after. He too entered an early guilty plea.

Recorder Stephen Campbell said it was a very said case because both boys were only 15 but the offences were serious.

“You entered the shop of Mohammed Ikram at night in the hours of darkness. He was staffing that shop completely on his own.”

He added: “He was a very vulnerable man who understandably was absolutely terrified. And with that I take the view that these offences are so serious that no sentence apart from a custodial one would be significant.”

The boy who took the lead and fired the gun was handed a detention and training order of 18 months, while the other boy was given a detention and training order for 12 months.

Both could serve half of their sentence with the rest completed on licence.

They were also ordered to pay £65 compensation between them.

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