Gang sentenced for conspiracy to steal - Hemel Hempstead


A man was lured to secluded road in Hemel Hempstead on the promise of sexual favours only to be attacked and robbed by two youths.

He drove his van to Eastman Way at twenty five past one in the morning after exchanging flirtatious texts, St Albans Crown Court heard on Friday, 17 July 2015. But when he arrived and met Shaney Shankland and Danielle Sugden, he was confronted by Curtis Farmer and Daniel Murray who had been lurking in the shadows with Crystal Bracey.

The youths, whose faces were covered, punched him in the face. He ran off, but was caught. Murray kicked him and Farmer struck him repeatedly with a bike chain. They stole between £50-60 from him. He suffered injuries to his head and face, a swollen hand, a reddened nose and a bump to his head.

Bracey and Shankland removed tools from the victim's van and put them into the boot of Sugden's car.

Shankland, aged 19, of Barnacres Road, Hemel: Sugden, aged 19, of Avenue Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, Lancs and Crystal Bracey, aged 20, of Flatfield Road, Hemel pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal between 14 and 15 November 2013.

Murray, aged 20, of Chambersbury Lane, Hemel and Farmer, aged 19, of Stonelea Road, Hemel pleaded guilty to robbery - Murray at his plea hearing and Farmer on the first day of his trial.

Recorder Jonathan Lee QC said it was a violent robbery for £50 or £60. He sentenced Murray to 2 years saying he had kicked him with a shod foot. The Judge said Farmer, who had a previous conviction for wounding, had used the chain repeatedly. He was jailed for 37 months. Shankland, Sugden and Bracey were ordered to carry out 100 hours' unpaid work.

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