A teenager who robbed another youth at knife point has been sent to a young offenders’ institution for four years at Lincoln Crown Court.
Reece Ward, 19, of Wroxall Drive, Grantham, denied robbing the male of £20 on April 12 this year but was found guilty by a jury following a trial.
The jury heard how Ward approached his victim in the communal entrance to flats on New Beacon Road, Grantham, and initially asked for a light before producing a pen knife and holding it against the victim’s cheek.
Recorder Julian Taylor, passing sentence, told Ward “There has to be a sentence of imprisonment and a substantial one.
“This was a serious matter. It was a knife point robbery in the hallway of a residential property at night. It is so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified.”
Ward did not give evidence to the jury but denied that the incident was an offence of robbery.
Chris Milligan, defending, said that Ward had a very difficult upbringing.
“It was an awful start that he has had in life. He was initially brought up by an amphetamine addict and an alcoholic. He was taken into care and he lived in 44 different homes. He is very troubled. He needs help.”
Mr Milligan urged the judge to take into account the fact that Ward is still only a teenager and is due to become a father in a few weeks’ time.