A man has been jailed for 21 months after he stole a phone and later robbed the owner when he tried to get it back.
Leeds Crown Court heard the victim, Connor Crossley had been in the Camel nightclub in Huddersfield watching the Champions League Cup Final on June 6 and later got talking to Patrick Joseph English in the smoking area.
David Godfrey prosecuting said they chatted about their Irish heritage and at some point agreed to go to the same house party when they left the club later that night.
While they were still at the club English asked to borrow Mr Crossley’s mobile phone saying the battery in his had run out. He agreed and handed it over and English subsequently put it in his pocket saying he was waiting for a call back.
Because they were going to go to the same party later he did not object but later he did ask for it back and was refused.
They and others set out for the party and Mr Crossley again asked for the phone to be returned without success. When English and his brother walked off after something of a scuffle with someone else he followed and again asked for the phone.
That went on for some time until he was alone with English who then told him: “I don’t want to hurt you but empty your pockets and give me what you have got.”
Mr Crossley asked if that would get his phone back and at that, English punched him in the face causing reddening and swelling to his left cheek.
He then handed over his tobacco, cigarette papers and about £30 cash but English left without returning the phone.
Ben Thomas representing English said he had nothing similar on his record. He was a young man whose offending was linked to alcohol misuse and he realised he had a problem with that.
He now planned on his release to relocate to Scarborough where his girlfriend was expecting a child next week and he knew that missing the birth was his fault and no one else’s.
English, 23 of Whitehead Lane, Primrose Hill, Huddersfield admitted theft and robbery.
Jailing him Judge Rodney Jameson QC said it was “a protracted incident in which you stole the phone and effectively refused to give it back and then when you and he were alone at night you robbed him.”