A TEENAGER has received a custodial sentence after two schoolboys were robbed as they made their way home late at night.
A stick was pushed up the nostril of one terrified victim who was told he would be stabbed in his brain.
Another teenager who did not take part in the robbery but who stole the victims’ mobile phones received a suspended sentence.
Judge Rhys Rowlands said it was must have been a terrifying ordeal for the victims.
Nicholas Jones, 19, of Tanybryn, Buckley, received 18 months youth detention after he admitted two robbery charges.
Co-defendant Jordan Wake, 18, of Briar Drive, Buckley, admitted two theft charges and received a six month sentence, suspended for a year . He must also do 200 hours unpaid work.
Both defendants had drunk too much alcohol and Jones had also taken cocaine and MCAT, Mold Crown Court yesterday.
Jones subjected the boys to some irrational bullying and his threats included that he would beat them up and slice them.
Judge Rhys Rowlands said Jones even picked up a stick and held it against the necks of both victims, and put it into the nostril of one of them.
“You later picked up a piece of glass which you used to threaten them,” the judge told Jones.
“All in all this was a pretty terrifying ordeal at the hands of a drunken teenager.”
David Mainstone, prosecuting, said both boys aged 16 and 17 had been out with friends in Buckley on July 27 last year and were walking back home to Mold at about 10.45pm when they were approached by the defendants in Mill Lane.
They asked for cigarettes then Jones asked for money and struggled with one of them. Jones then grabbed some change from him. The other victim was standing nearby scared and was threatened he would be knocked out.
Jones then began to punch the leaves on the branch of a tree, said they were lying about not having money, and said that he would punch their faces next.
If they ran then they would be caught and assaulted, he said, and both felt trapped and disturbed at Jones’ bizarre behaviour.
He was erratic in his behaviour, he told them to go around the back of a youth centre and they complied because they did not want to be beaten up.
Jones grabbed them by their tops and shouted at them, demanded they put their mobile phones on the ground, and both initially refused to do so.
But Jones said he would slice them, he asked Wake where the Stanley knife was, and began looking around some bushes.
It was then that Jones held a stick to their necks, stuck it up the nostril of one victim and threatened to stab his brain with it.
As a result both put their phones on the ground and Wake picked them up, saying he would look after them.
He then walked away from the scene with the phones and that was the extent of his involvement.
But Mr Mainstone said Jones continued to act in an aggressive way, held a piece of glass in the air and said he would cut the victims with it.
Jones then started to walk away and shouted that if they wanted their phones they would have to run after him across a field. But the police, who had been alerted by a witness in the youth centre, arrived and arrested him. Wake was arrested in the early hours of the following morning.
It was stressed that Wake was not involved in the robbery. He was somewhat reluctant at the time and told Jones on at least two occasions to leave the boys alone. His culpability was to take the phones, he disposed of one of them, but was able to assist the police to ensure they were recovered.
Debra White, for Jones, said he had scant recollection because of the alcohol and substances he had taken and described his guilty pleas as brave.
He had been candid and admitted that if such a thing happened to him then he would not want to leave the house.
The trigger for the offence had been the abuse of alcohol. He suffered from ADHD and had attempted to self medicate on cannabis.
References described him as friendly, polite and good natured.
Phillip Tully, for Wake, said there had to be a distinction between robbery and theft.
His client was in a totally different position, he had been frightened himself, and had told Jones to stop.
But he accepted he could and should have done more.
When he left, he stupidly took the mobile phones and had shown genuine remorse.