Teenage thug locked up for viciously attacking and burgling neighbour
A TEENAGE thug who chased a neighbour out of his own house before returning to steal from the property has been jailed for a year.
Grimsby Crown Court heard Daniel Cooper, 18, of Rutland Street, along with an accomplice – who cannot be named for legal reasons – got into the house and hit the startled occupant with such force, he left him with a suspected fractured nose.
Cooper admitted burglary and assault occasioning ABH, while his accomplice admitted two counts of burglary.
Diana Maudsley, prosecuting, told the court Cooper had also viciously knocked his victim to the ground and kicked him in the chest during the break in on May 25.
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The pair then left the house, only to return and chase the terrified victim out of his own home.
Once he had left the property, they broke in once more and stole a PlayStation games console and games – estimated as being worth £350 – and a £200 laptop computer.
Andrew Bailey, mitigating for Cooper, described the incident as "very unpleasant".
He said: "He had a very difficult upbringing. His real father left home when he was young and he was brought up by a stepfather who was extremely violent."
Chris Lowe, mitigating, for his accomplice said: "He suffers from Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and autism. He is very sorry for what he has done."
Judge Peter Clark said that due to the serious nature of the offences he was left with no choice but to hand down a custodial sentence.
Cooper was sentenced to 12 months inside a young offenders institution. His accomplice was sentenced to eight months.