Teenage robber jailed - Luton


A teenager who suddenly attacked and robbed a colleague he was playing video games with has today, Friday, 04 April 2014, been sentenced to two years in custody.

Michael Dunkley, aged 19, from Blackthorn Road, Houghton Regis pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to a charge of robbery.

Margaret Mascarenhas, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on Friday, said the offence took place on 05 March this year at a hostel in Luton town centre.

The victim, aged 18, was awaiting re-housing and had some other young men in his room playing games. "Suddenly Dunkley began attacking him, punching him in the head. Then he took his phone and a games console and left. The victim was bruised and very shaken up," said the barrister.

Baljit Somal, defending, said Dunkley had suffered two family tragedies, following which his criminal behaviour had spiraled.

Judge Stuart Bridge told Dunkley: "A court gave you a chance last December, but within a very short time you were re-offending."

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