Street robbers jailed for attack on teen

Troy Baker outside Hull Crown Court.
Troy Baker outside Hull Crown Court.

TWO Bridlington street robbers are behind bars for a humiliating attack on a teenager for drug money.

Chantel Hammill, 16, was subjected to a nightmare street robbery by drug user Leanne Shipley, 19, as she walked home from a friend’s house past the Late Shopper, on Quay Road, Bridlington.

Shipley, who has previous convictions for threatening behaviour and ABH, decided she would steal Ms Hammill’s handbag and told Troy Baker, 18 what she planned.

Shipley ran up behind her at 11.30pm, pulled her hair and began pushing her repeatedly as she tried to grab the bag.

Hull Crown Court heard Ms Hammill refused to let go of the bag and was bent double upset and crying.

However Baker ran in and grabbed the bag for his girlfriend. He stole the handbag, house keys and make-up valued at £150.

Crown barrister Jharna Jobes said Ms Hammill received a graze to the knee and bruising to elbow and wrist.

CCTV was viewed and Baker, who has a conviction for criminal damage, was arrested following the attack on May 29. Shipley was arrested when she went to enquire about Baker at the police station.

Baker of North Street, and Shipley of Gypsy Road, both pleaded guilty to a single charge of robbery. They appeared for sentence at Hull Crown Court last Friday, November 30.

Defence barrister for Shipley John Thackray said she bore the physical scars of a troubled childhood from stepping in to stop her mother being hit.

He admitted she had not shown remorse in her pre-sentence report and “it was a disgraceful offence.”

Shipley wept in the dock as her barrister urged the judge not to jail her.

Barrister Anil Murray said Baker played a lesser role after Shipley told him of her plan to go and get the bag.

He said Baker had offered to give evidence against Shipley prompting her plea of guilty after lengthy denials.

Sentencing Judge Michael Mettyear told them both: “You will both receive custodial sentences. It was on any view a serious robbery.

“It was made worse by the fact the victim you chose was a 16-year-old girl who was going about her normal life, making her way home.

“Why was she the victim of robbery? For drug money. The money was for you Leanne Shipley. It was nothing to do with your disturbed background.

“It was more to do with your search for drugs. It was absolutely disgraceful conduct by the both of you.”

He sentenced Shipley to 18 months in a Young Offenders’ Institution and Baker nine months in a Young Offenders’ Institution.

Speaking after the sentencing, Det Sgt Tom Napier of Bridlington police – who ran the investigation – said: “Two people have been tried and sent to prison for this nasty night time offence against a young lady minding her own business on her way home one night.

“They now have received custodial sentences, rightly so.

“Hopefully the victim can take satisfaction from this positive outcome and act as a deterrent to anyone else thinking they can behave like that.”