A ROBBER who left a teenager terrified when he threatened to “stab him up” during a terrifying street confrontation has been put behind bars.
Christopher Storey targeted a 16-year-old while he was waiting at a bus stop with his girlfriend in Galsworthy Road, South Shields, last August.
I have read what that boy has suffered as a consequence of your despicable behaviour that night. He was doing no more than waiting with his girlfriend at a bus stop.Miss Recorder Turner, judge
Newcastle Crown Court heard the brave victim initially refused Storey’s demand to hand over his phone but when the youngster became convinced Storey was armed with a knife he let him have his phone and all the change in his pocket.
The ordeal left the young student “shocked and intimidated”.
Storey, of Talbot Road, South Shields, yesterday admitted robbery and an unrelated charge of possession of a bladed article on the day his trial was due to start.
By then, the young victim had been taken to the court building and prepared to go into the witness box to relive his ordeal.
Miss Recorder Turner sentenced the 22-year-old, who has a record for violence, to two years behind bars.
The judge told him: “He was very frightened by what you did.
“That boy had to brace himself for what he might have thought was going to be rigorous, robust, testing questions put to him in the course of cross examination.
“I have read what that boy has suffered as a consequence of your despicable behaviour that night. He was doing no more than waiting with his girlfriend at a bus stop.”
The court heard the victim and his girlfriend had been waiting for her bus when Storey went past on his bike.
Storey then accused the youngster of being “cheeky” and approached the frightened couple.
Emma Dowling, prosecuting, told the court the youth initially refused to hand over his phone.
But she added; “Then the defendant said in an aggressive manner ‘I can stab you up’.”
The youngster then handed over his phone and Storey rode off on his bike.
Julie Clemitson, defending, said Storey was not armed and used no force during the robbery.
She said Storey has now matured enough to start taking responsibility for his actions.