Halifax teenager Richard Lister to feature in BBC documentary about mugging

Richard Lister
Richard Lister

BRAVE teenager Richard Lister will be featured in a BBC documentary about mugging on Wednesday night.

The 18-year-old, who was left fighting for his life in hospital after he was attacked in Skircoat Green in Halifax last August, is one of three victims giving accounts in Mugged on BBC3 at 9pm.

As reported by the Courier, Richard, from Halifax, was on his way to meet friends so they could celebrate their A-level results when he was viciously attacked by a gang for his mobile phone.

He suffered severe head injuries and was in a coma for 10 days.

After weeks of intensive treatment, he was finally allowed home in October.

His family say the mugging has changed his life forever. He is more outgoing and his whole outlook on life is different now.

He has recently been back working at The Watermill pub in Salterhebble where staff and customers held a collection when they heard what had happened to buy Richard a new phone to replace the one taken in the robbery.

Richard also had to put his plans to follow a career in web design on hold when he was attacked but he is now starting to pursue that again.

The documentary on Wednesday follows Richard’s road to recovery and the trial of muggers.

Stefan Grant, 21, Duron Thompson, 20, Viren Lad, 18, Hassan Adam, 18, and their getaway driver Sophie Arnold, 19, all from Bradford, were jailed last month after admitting the robbery.

Also featured in the documentary are a Leeds University student who was battered by a gang of 15 muggers as he walked home from lectures and a young medic who was hit in the face with a brick by his mugger, leaving him with a fractured eye socket and robbed of his confidence. The show also hears from a reformed mugger who started robbing people on the street at just 14 but is now a youth worker, helping to keep young people out of trouble.