A 16-YEAR-OLD who robbed a terrified prostitute of her handbag has been made the subject of an eight-month detention and training order.

The Huddersfield youngster, who had a previous conviction for street robbery, was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to the offence in May.

Prosecutor Ken Green told Recorder David Bradshaw that the victim, a 27-year-old Romanian woman, was working as prostitute in the Great Northern Street area of Huddersfield in January when a car containing the teenager and two other men pulled up.

Mr Green described how the youth grabbed the woman’s bag and a struggle developed between them.

The youth eventually took the bag from the victim and ran back to the car before being driven away from the scene.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested after the prostitute took down the car’s registration number.

He claimed that he had only grabbed the bag because the other men feared that the prostitute had used her mobile phone to photograph the car’s registration number as it drove by and they might have got into trouble for soliciting.

Barrister Alan Taylor, for the youth, said he deeply regretted his actions and had expressed genuine remorse.

He explained that the teenager was due to start a joinery course and no longer associated with ‘'bad influences’'.

But Recorder David Bradshaw rejected Mr Taylor’s submissions that a non-custodial sentence should be imposed.

The judge said it had clearly not been a spur of the moment offence and it had been a terrifying incident for the victim.