Drunken robber terrified teenager and stole his mobile phone
A DRUNKEN street robber left a 13-year-old boy terrified after grabbing him, threatening him and stealing his mobile phone.
The violent bully had drunk "huge amounts of alcohol" including 24 cans of cider and a full bottle of vodka, a court heard.
Nicholas Heaver, 23, of Combe Street, Cleethorpes, admitted robbery on December 20.
Mark Kendall, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Heaver shouted at the boy, told him to come over, asked him for tobacco and rummaged through his pockets.
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He menaced the teenager, demanded his phone and grabbed his collar – while holding a bottle of vodka at the same time.
The boy was really scared and thought he would be hit. He handed over his phone.
The youngster alerted the police and Heaver was later arrested in Grimsby after his description matched that given by the teenager.
Richard Butters, mitigating, said Heaver was "very, very drunk" and did not know what he was doing after drinking "huge amounts of alcohol".
The robbery was "disgraceful" and totally out of character, said Mr Butters.
"No actual violence or injury was caused. He simply can't believe what he did.
"It was an opportunist, drunken escapade."
Recorder Taryn Turner told Heaver: "This was an extremely vulnerable victim. It must have been terrifying for that young man."
Heaver was given a two-year suspended prison sentence, a two-year supervision order, including alcohol counselling, and must pay £500 compensation.