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Two robbery victims were forced to hand over their mobile phones when confronted in the city centre, a court heard.

One of the culprits, Ibrahim Abdulle (18) pleaded guilty to mugging the boys at 3.30pm near Market Place on January 11. Victoria Rose, prosecuting, said the victims, whose ages were not stated, were out shopping together that afternoon. They were approached by Abdulle and a juvenile accomplice.

Miss Rose told Leicester Crown Court the defendant's associate pointed out that other people were all around, but Abdulle said: "It will be fine, man." He asked the youths what items they had and also asked the time, resulting in one victim producing his phone, which he was forced to hand over. Abdulle told them to both empty their pockets. One victim produced two CDs he had bought that afternoon, which were taken from him. The other produced some sweets and said he did not have a phone, but the defendant became more "insistent." Eventually he handed a mobile phone to Abdulle's associate. The robbers then said if they "snitched" they would be killed, said Miss Rose.

The police were alerted and officers detained the defendant and his associate in the vicinity. Both mobile phones were recovered.

Abdulle, of Myrtle Road, Highfields, Leicester, was sentenced to an 18 month community order, with supervision, and a requirement to undergo an education, training and employment programme. He was also ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work.

Sentencing, Judge Nicholas Dean QC said: "The victims would have been very frightened by their experience."You'd only just turned 18. The community order is to to provide you with help, support and guidance to ensure you do not offend in the future. There will be consequences if you offend again."

Amar Mehta, mitigating, said: "He's willing to work with the probation service."

Miss Rose said the juvenile accomplice was separately dealt with by the youth court, and received a youth rehabilitation order with intensive supervision.

Details from Leicester Mercury



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