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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Ulverston thugs locked up for robbing men in street

A PAIR of thugs who attacked and robbed two men in the street have been locked up.

Jake Anderson, 20, of Hoad Terrace, Ulverston, and David McKevitt, 23, of Tower Street, Ulverston, were sentenced to 12 months behind bars by Recorder John Benson QC.

Barrow Crown Court yesterday heard the men attacked Samuel Stevens and Tyler Moore, stealing £20 from Mr Stevens and taking a mobile phone and a iPod from Mr Moore on August 23 last year as they walked along Victoria Road, in Ulverston, at around 11pm.

Mr Michael Brady, prosecuting, said Mr Stevens knew the attackers so when he and Mr Moore met the men in the street the group walked along together for a short while before separating.

He said: “Mr Stevens then heard one of the men shout ‘now’ and Mr Moore heard the defendant, Mr McKevitt, count ‘three, two, one’.”

Anderson, an apprentice with Siemens in Ulverston, attacked Mr Stevens, putting him in a headlock and forcing him to the ground before repeatedly punching him in the face.

Mr Stevens told Anderson he didn’t want to fight him for money.

He managed to throw his wallet, containing £20, into the road, prompting Anderson to stop the attack. Mr Stevens was left with a black eye and swollen face.

Mr Brady said McKevitt was punching Mr Moore to the face repeatedly and when Mr Moore fell to the floor McKevitt kicked him in the face, leaving him with bruising and chipped teeth.

Mr Andrew Scott, defending Anderson, said the attack was a “moment of madness” committed “in drink”. Mr Brian Williams, defending McKevitt, also used the phrase.

Mr Benson said: “You both launched into a wholly unprovoked, disgraceful attack on two young men who were making their way along a public street. It’s absolutely no excuse at all to say you were both drunk and would not have behaved in this way had you been sober. It explains everything but excuses nothing.”

Both admitted robbery. Anderson was sentenced to 12 months in a youth detention centre. McKevitt was jailed for 12 months. Both were told they will serve six months and ordered to pay a £100 statutory surcharge.

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