DNA snared teenage mugger

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A KNIFE-WIELDING teenage mugger from Bulwell was identified through DNA in his blood after his victim punched him in the face, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

When police arrested him, they found he also had dozens of wraps of class-A drugs stored in a drawer at his home.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was on bail for an offence of burglary at the time.

Giving him a custodial sentence of two-and-a-half years, Judge Michael Stokes said the youth had a “very bad record”, despite his age, but was capable of turning his life around.

Jim Metcalf (prosecuting) said the 17-year-old mugging victim was so badly affected that his family considered moving from the area.

Mr Metcalf said: “The defendant ran up behind him and rugby-tackled him, forcing him to the ground.

“The victim punched him in self-defence but the defendant punched him back, hitting him in the left eye.

“The defendant then pulled out what is described as a kitchen knife, which was held to the victim’s throat, and he was told to hand over his phone.

“He complied, handing over his iPhone, valued at £450, which was not recovered.

“The defendant ran off. But tt would appear that when the victim punched him, he cut him, because there was a trace of blood on the victim’s clothes, which had a low-level DNA match to the defendant.”

The court heard that the attacker had been offending since he was 13 and has also lived in St Ann’s.

The mugging happened at about 3 pm on Sunday May 8, when the victim was in Paxton Gardens, St Ann’s, on the way to meet his father at the Duke Of Cambridge pub.

The 16-year-old was arrested in July when police found 24 wraps of crack cocaine and 14 wraps of heroin at his home, as well as a small amount of cannabis and a lock knife.

When interviewed he denied being involved in the attack, saying he had been in London at the time. But the victim picked him out in an identity parade.

He later pleaded guilty to robbery and possessing cannabis. He also pleased guilty to possessing cocaine and heroin with intent to supply, on the basis he had been looking after the drugs for someone else.

The court heard the defendant now wanted to move away from crime and wrote a letter to the judge.

“The letter is a good indication of your intelligence,” said Judge Stokes. “You are perfectly capable of putting this behind you and leading a decent life.”