'Out of control' Plymouth teen locked up for attempted robbery
A TEENAGER has been locked up for three years for an attempted robbery where a man was "kicked like a football" on the ground.
Karl Triscott, described as "out of control" at the time, was one of three men who landed between 20 and 30 blows on the man, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
Judge Graham Cottle sent him to a young offender institution for three years, plus three months consecutive for a shoplifting offence.
He said: "The victim was walking home at night when he was set upon by three people, including you. It does not particularly matter which of you did what. Each of you is responsible for what you did and what the others did. The victim suffered 20 or 30 blows in an attack which lasted for 30 seconds. He was left injured and needed hospital treatment."
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Triscott, 18, of Belmont Road, Ivybridge, had earlier admitted the attempted robbery of Simon Cragg in the town on September 19, 2011. He also admitted one offence of non-domestic burglary, two thefts and asked for six similar offences to be taken into consideration.
Alistair Verheijen, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said 21-year-old co-defendant Kristian Morrell had earlier admitted the attempted robbery and was jailed for three years. The third man has never been found.
He added that Mr Cragg, a barman, was walking home in Kennel Lane when he was confronted by three men, one of whom he recognised as Morrell.
Mr Verheijen said one of the men punched him and he fell to the ground.
He added: "The complainant felt punches and kicks to his head and upper body as he lay on the floor. He said he felt about 20 or 30 blows in an attack which lasted about 30 seconds. The would-be robbers then ran off."
The court heard Mr Cragg suffered heavy bruising to his head.
Mr Verheijen said Triscott admitted in interview that he threw the first punch. He added that Triscott told police he grabbed Mr Cragg's wallet and threw it back when he found it was empty. The court heard Triscott had previous convictions including assault causing actual bodily harm, theft and possession of an offensive weapon.
Niall Brooks, for Triscott, said he was "out of control" when he attacked the barman. He added he committed the theft and burglary so he could get arrested.
Mr Brooks said: "Many people confronted him about the attempted robbery. Eventually he decided to get himself arrested. He is a young man who wants to reform himself out of the community."