Boy sentenced for off-licence robbery

The three boys pleaded guilty to attempting to rob Bossyboots off-licence on Queensgate

The three boys pleaded guilty to attempting to rob Bossyboots off-licence on Queensgate

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A 16-year-old was sentenced to half a year in a young offenders’ institution for attempting to rob a Bridlington off-licence.

The boy, who cannot be named, had previously admitted his involvement in the vile act against Bossyboots off-licence on Queensgate.

Appearing at East Riding Magistrates’ Court on Friday (March 11), chairman of the bench Mrs Buckle caged the youth to six months in a young offenders’ institution after he admitted attempted robbery, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and a breach of a criminal behaviour order.

Three boys in total were involved in the attempted robbery on January 28 - two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old.

On February 19, magistrates allowed the first 16-year-old to walk free after hearing he had become involved with the wrong group of friends.

The court heard the two other boys burst into the shop and demanded money and cigarettes while the first boy waited outside. When the cashier couldn’t understand their demands, he was hit over the head with a chair leg.

Defending the first 16-year-old, Miss Lee said: “He realises it was serious. As a consequence he tells me he heard others’ names given as part of the incident and felt it was wrong to let anyone be accused for his part in it.

“He went into that interview and accepted responsibility and was open with officers - he could do no more after the incident. He took responsibility then and takes absolute responsibility now by pleading guilty immediately.”

Magistrates then stepped back from a custodial sentence and imposed a 12-month youth referral order instead.

The 17-year-old boy has also been found guilty of attempted robbery and possession an offensive weapon in a public place. He was bailed and will return to court on Friday April 1 for sentencing.