Two drunken robbers who carried out a terrifying attack in a village park have been given the chance to avoid custody with a new community order.
Daniel Ingham, 19, and 21-year-old Christopher Smith were warned by a judge yesterday they would be locked up if they failed to comply with a 12-month alternative to custody.
The pair, said to have drunk eight cans of lager before robbing their two victims in Shelf Hall Park, Shelf, will have to take part in a “restorative justice activity requirement” and be tagged to stay in their homes after 9pm.
Prosecutor Sophie Drake told Bradford Crown Court the two boys, 15 and 16, had been sitting near the bowling green in April when the defendants walked by apparently in drink.
When the boys tried to leave the men shouted over to them and they were followed.
Miss Drake said Ingham was most likely to have been the one that punched one of the teenagers in the face, bursting his nose.
She said the other defendant told the complainants to give them everything they had.
The 16-year-old had an iPod, earphones and a mobile phone stolen.
His friend also had his mobile taken.
The defendants described themselves as ‘’crackheads’’ as they ran off and made threats to burn the boys’ houses down.
The court heard that during police inquiries into the robberies they were able to recover lager cans with the defendants’ fingerprints on them.
Miss Drake said one of the teenage victims described himself as being shocked, shaken and scared by the incident.
The court heard that Ingham, of Lightcliffe Road, Brighouse, handed himself in to the police the following month and Smith, of Arncliffe Crescent, Rastrick, was arrested in June.
Ingham’s barrister Stephen Wood conceded that the offences crossed the custody threshold and he pointed out that while there may be evidence each way about which man did what, it was a case of joint enterprise.
Mr Wood said the probation service in Halifax was now able to offer an intensive sort of sentence that had not been available before and he submitted that it required a high degree of commitment from those involved.
He argued that the intensive alternative to custody sentence would give the probation service a chance to work with his client which would benefit not only him but the public at large.
Ingham and Smith both admitted the two robbery charges and Recorder Robert Adams warned the pair that the community sentence was likely to be their last chance.
The judge said the offences were serious matters committed at a time when the defendants were both extremely drunk.
“Your behaviour was dreadful,” he told the pair.
“It was an act of bullying on two people much younger than you and no doubt your actions terrified them.”