Teenager convicted of assault and robbery

03/08/2015

A 16-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reason, was yesterday sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates' Court to a Referral Order for 10 months after she pleaded guilty to assaulting and robbing two 14-year-old girls in Northfield.

On 11 July 2015, the two victims were heading home when they encountered the defendant and her friends.

The defendant accused the victims of giving her a dirty look and as a way of punishment, she forced one of the victims onto her hands and knees in order for her to apologise to her. She then took the victim's bag off her, emptied the contents and used it to strike her across the head.

She then ordered the second victim to get on the floor on her hand and knees, but when she refused, the defendant then threw her to the ground, held her down and forced her to apologise. She then stole her purse as well as her mobile phone.

All this was filmed on a mobile phone and the footage was later uploaded onto a social media site.

The defendant later handed herself into police. She was charged with and pleaded guilty to assault by beating and robbery.

John Baker, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said:

"The defendant targeted these two young girls because she felt that they had given her a dirty look and as a punishment, she decided to publicly humiliate and bully them.

"Her actions were caught on a mobile phone and the footage was then uploaded onto a social media website. She now will have to deal with the consequences of her actions.

"The Crown Prosecutions Service will use evidence which is available to it, which includes any footage of crimes being committed which are uploaded onto social media sites, in order to bring offenders to justice."