Three teenagers – one in a skeleton mask – who carried out a Halloween night robbery in Knebworth have avoided going straight to custody.
The 17-year-olds confronted their victim, who was a student, in London Road on the night of 31st October 2012.
St Albans Crown Court heard that two had their faces covered by scarves while the other was wearing a skeleton mask.
The victim was tripped up. He tried to walk off down the High Street, but the three came after him and he was struck in the face. One placed him in a headlock.
He was thrown to ground where he was repeatedly punched in the face and kicked. In the end they escaped with just the £6 he had on him and his mobile phone.
On behalf of our client, we said he was now working for his uncle. He said he had not been in trouble since that night.
Judge John Plumstead told them: “You scared and hurt a young man on his way home on foot. You frightened and beat him. You took little from him because he had little on him.”
The Judge said he was able to avoid sending them to custody because they had not been in trouble since. He was given a 2 year Community Order with 150 hours’ unpaid work and a year’s supervision. He must also pay £200 compensation and £250 costs.