A judge has locked up three robbers who held up a teenager at knifepoint on his way home from work after he stopped to buy a can of pop at a supermarket.

The 16-year-old victim was making his way along Lidget Street in Lindley, Huddersfield around 10.30pm on December 3 when a 17-year-old youth, who cannot be identified, approached him and began asking about his drink.

Carmel Pearson prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court the complainant felt uneasy and crossed the road to get away from the youth but he followed demanding he hand over his phone.

A second man Jason Dean Maude then joined in barging into the victim knocking his drink from his hand saying: “Give me everything you have got.”

Outnumbered he handed over his own phone but when the teenager realised it needed a PIN to use it he produced a knife with a six or seven inch blade and held it to the youth’s throat demanding the number.

A third man, William James Morris also joined in the offence and by then Maude was also brandishing a knife.

Lidget Street, Lindley, scene of knifepoint robbery
 

After a threat was made to kill him, the victim handed over his wallet which was emptied and returned before the robbers also took a phone belonging to a friend which he had borrowed so he could listen to some music.

The victim immediately reported the robbery when the trio left him and when the police arrived they were arrested in the area. His phone was recovered but the other phone and the knives were not found.

The court heard at the time Maude was on licence after serving a sentence for burglary while Morris had a record for offences of robbery and was also on licence.

Morris, 19, of Croft Cottage Lane, Fartown and Maude, 26, of Shearings Cross Gardens, Bradford Road, Huddersfield were each jailed for three years and nine months after admitting robbery.

The 17-year-old was ordered to be detained for three years.

Sentencing them Judge Christopher Batty said although not injured it must have been a terrifying experience for their victim.

He accepted from reports that the 17-year-old had difficulties which caused him frustrations but the offence was too serious to avoid an immediate custodial sentence.

Gillian Batts for Maude said the knives were used only to frighten the youth.

He had only a couple of months earlier been released from custody and was progressing well having been approved for a Prince’s Trust grant to do a bricklaying course at college and could not really explain why he had got involved.

Alisdair Campbell for Morris said the offence was spontaneous and he was not the ringleader.