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No jail for drink binge teen after he takes boy's iPhone
7:00am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
A TEENAGE robber who stole a £600 mobile phone from a 14-year-old schoolboy after a drinking binge has been spared jail.
Elliott Harper, of no fixed abode, admitted robbery of an iPhone 5 in St James Road, Radley, and was given a 12-month sentence suspended for 18 months at Oxford Crown Court this week.
The unemployed 18-year-old threw the phone into nettles following the robbery on June 14.
Judge Charles Harris said: “You stole a very expensive mobile phone from a 14-year-old schoolboy.
“Apparently it was worth £600.
“You grabbed him and indicated you might be going to harm him if he didn’t hand over the phone. Robbery is a serious offence and to rob children is of course much worse.”
Harper drank three quarters of a gallon of beer and 12 alcohol shots before the robbery.
Mr Harris added: “This is insane alcohol consumption. This may suggest some explanation but no excuse.
“I bear in mind you have a very unhappy background, for which you are not to blame.”
Harper was also told to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and was given a supervision order for 18 months with an alcohol treatment course. He was ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.