Teenagers sentenced following Ashford robbery
On Tuesday 4 October 2016, a man in his 20s was walking home from Ashford International Railway Station when he was approached by three teenage boys in Bowens Field at its junction with Jemmett Road.
They asked for a lighter and the victim, who said he did not have one, continued walking. He was then surrounded by all three who demanded his watch and threatened to kill him. He saw that one of them was holding a knife and handed the watch over.
The victim was then hit on the head causing a lump and an open wound. The teenagers pulled at his rucksack and he released it when he felt his wrist being cut.
The teenagers ran off and the victim chased them into Victoria Road where he lost them. At this point he called the police, and officers went to the scene and stopped two of the boys in Gasworks Lane. They were arrested and enquiries led to the identification of the third boy who was arrested the following day.
The teenagers, who were 16 years old at the time of the attack, were charged with robbery and pleaded guilty at Canterbury Crown Court at the first hearing on Tuesday 7 February 2017.
At a subsequent hearing on Monday 10 April, the teenagers were sentenced to 32 months in a Youth Offender Institution.
Detective Constable Darren Brough said,
‘Prompt attendance by police officers ensured two of the boys were found still out of breath and in possession of a lock-knife.
‘I hope they have learned their lesson and this will be a turning point in their lives.
‘I would like to commend the victim for his courage and support throughout the legal process.'