Two teenagers jailed for chisel attack robbery - Luton

16/04/2015

Two teenagers from Luton, who robbed a boy and left him scarred for life, have today, Thursday, 16 April 2015, been jailed for a combined total of 13 years.

Their victim was stabbed in the face by one of them, who had armed himself with a chisel.

Today Luton Crown Court heard that the teenager, who inflicted the injury to the boy's nose, James Shepherd, was ordered to be detained in a young offenders' institution for eight years. His accomplice, Jordan Mitchell, who hadn't been armed, received a five year term.

Both defendants were 17 when they carried out the robbery last March, but today the court heard they had now turned 18. They were appearing for sentence having both been found guilty of robbing the boy of his mobile phone.

Shepherd, of Arrow Close in Luton, was also convicted of wounding the boy with intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH). Mitchell, also of Arrow Close, was also convicted of assaulting the victim occasioning him actual bodily harm (ABH) and common assault on a second youth.

Judge Richard Foster was told how in the early hours of 09 March last year the victim, who can't be named, and some friends were in Bramingham Park, Luton when they were approached by the two defendants who were out looking for trouble. Shepherd was armed with a chisel which his friend was aware of. The pair ended up chasing the young boys into a nearby cul de sac. They hid behind bushes, terrified as the defendant searched them out.

The court heard how the victim had stood up to the defendants refusing to hand over his mobile phone. He was attacked by the pair before Shepherd stabbed him in the area of his nose.

Passing sentence, Judge Foster said the victim had shown "considerable bravery" in standing up to the pair. He said he had seen pictures of the victim's injuries and said: "That young man will be left with a scar on or around his nose for the rest of his life."

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