Teenager jailed for robberies - Hatfield

29/07/2016

A teenager, who mugged another young man outside the Galleria shopping centre in Hatfield, then tried to enlist his victim to help him rob a second man who was approaching them.

Huzaifa Greenspan offered to give back the property he had just stolen from the first man if he helped him rob the second. Not surprisingly, the man Greenspan had just robbed ran off.

At St Albans Crown Court today, Friday, 29 July 2016, Greenspan, aged 19, of Pickford Hill, Harpenden, pleaded guilty to two offences of robbery and possessing a bladed article.

Brian Reece, prosecuting, told the court it was in the early hours of Sunday, 5 June this year as the first victim was walking past the entrance to The Galleria that he was approached by Greenspan, who produced a knife. He demanded money and pushed the man who handed over £20. Greenspan then searched the terrified man, taking two iPhones off him, his cigarettes and two pies.

Mr Reece said it was then that Greenspan saw the second man approaching. He got the man in a headlock, dragged him to a nearby cashpoint machine and made him withdraw more than £100.

Judge Marie Catterson was told that police, having been alerted, turned up as the robbery was talkng place and arrested Greenspan.

Andrew Jordan, defending, said Greenspan was homeless at the time of the offences and "cold and hungry."

He was sentenced to four years in a young offenders' institute.

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