Two men were robbed and attacked in gang attacks only an hour apart in a Scarborough coach park, a court was told.
One of the attackers, Daniel Moir, said to have been “running amok” and carrying out “acts of mindless thuggery” throughout last year, was sent to a young offenders’ institute for a total of four-and-a-half years.
Moir, 19, of Columbus Ravine, was one of five people in the dock at York Crown Court in connection with the incidents in William Street Coach Park on September 19 last year.
In total Moir appeared before the court for sentencing on seven charges - two of robbery and one each of attempted robbery, racially aggravated assault, burglary, criminal damage and common assault – some committed in breach of a suspended sentence.
The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, told Moir his cases presented a “considerable case for concern” and he had had to consider passing a sentence for public protection.
However, the judge added that because of Moir’s early guilty pleas, and because a fixed sentence would give him the opportunity to mature, he had decided it would be more in the public interest to allow him a chance of rehabilitation.
Also before the court was Ian Leybourn, 27, of Columbus Ravine – for sentencing on assault occasioning actual bodily harm and theft, Michael Nelson, 18, of Columbus Ravine – for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and Liam Dunn, 21, of Barrowcliff Road and a 17-year-old Scarborough youth – who were both charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and theft.
Austin Newman, prosecuting, told how on the evening of September 19 the first robbery victim was approached by the gang, verbally abused, taken to the ground, punched and kicked.
He managed to free himself but was then approached by three members of the gang and assaulted with a piece of wood and fists and his wallet taken.
One hour later the second victim was approached by three members of the gang. He too was assaulted and had £180 taken from his jeans pocket.
Leybourn, who once attended Downing Street for an award for charity work, was jailed for 21 months.
Nelson, said to have been “seeking acceptance” in a group, received a nine month sentence in a Young Offenders Institute, suspended for two years and 100 hours unpaid work.