Drug-dealer robbed girl at beauty spot

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A TEENAGE drug-dealer who robbed a young woman near the Mill Lakes beauty spot at Bestwood Country Park has been jailed for three years.

The girl was out walking with a young man in the late afternoon on Sunday May 15 when they were approached by a group of youths on bikes, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

Aaron Geeson, who is now 18 but who was only 17 at the time, had his hood up and was wearing a bandana.

He asked the man: “What have you got for me?” and also searched him.

Geeson threatened to beat him up and gave the impression he had a knife. There was no evidence he had one, said Sarah Knight (prosecuting).

The girl took out her BlackBerry phone, which was snatched by a 16-year-old youth who made off with Geeson.

Geeson’s home on Harmston Rise, Basford was later searched and the phone recovered from the top of a wardrobe. The two attackers admitted robbery and attempted robbery.

The court heard that Geeson was on bail at the time for possession of cannabis with intent to supply. He was caught with £30 worth of the drug on Vernon Road, Basford and police found 200 deal-bags in his bedroom.

After the robbery, Geeson was bailed again. But four months later, he was caught in St Ann’s with £170 worth of crack cocaine in his pocket, the court heard. He also had £238 cash on him.

In mitigation, it was said he was a low-level dealer, funding his own habit.

Geeson’s co-accused in the robbery, aged 16 at the time but now 17, was full of remorse and had taken steps to return the phone, said his barrister, Michael Evans.

His sentence was a youth rehabilitation order, with 24 hours at an attendance centre and a six-month home curfew from 7 pm to 5 am.