A TEENAGER who carried out a robbery in Kirkheaton using a BB gun has been locked up for four-and-a-half years.
Anthony Stott, 18, disguised his face with a bandana and produced a realistic-looking black Ball Bearing handgun when he demanded money from a 17-year-old youth who was sat in a car with a friend eating a takeaway.
Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that Stott, who was with two other youths, pushed the handgun into the victim's face during the incident at the car park of a doctor's surgery on Heaton Moor Road, last December.
Although the prosecution alleged during a trial that the victim was actually shot in the face with a pellet from the weapon, Judge Alistair McCallum said he could not be sure that a pellet had been discharged.
Booth's barrister Alistair Campbell submitted that the injury caused to the victim's nose may have been caused either by him being pistol-whipped or as a result of compressed air being discharged by the gun at close range.
The 17-year-old was treated in hospital for the injury to his nose and the court heard that he had been left with a scar.
Stott, of Town Road, Kirkheaton, was found guilty of robbing the teenager of just £5 following his trial.
Judge McCallum noted that the 18-year-old, who has a son, had refused previous attempts by the police to get him to behave himself and at the time of the robbery he was subject to an electronically-monitored curfew.
The judge said if a pellet had been fired and the victim had jerked his head one way or another he could have lost an eye or even worse.
Mr Campbell pointed out that no pellet was recovered at the scene and it hadn't lodged in the victim's face.
He said his client was a ‘‘doting father’’ and any custodial sentence would have a severe impact on him.