Duo who bullied man in Kidderminster locked up

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TWO teenagers who bullied another young man in Kidderminster in a bid to steal his mobile phone have been locked up by a Recorder at Worcester Crown Court.

Lewis Watts, 19, of Randwick Avenue, Worcester, and Adrian Lee, also 19, of Oak Tree May Farm Close, Hollywood, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to assault with intent to rob.

They were each sent to a young offenders institution for two years. Lee got an extra six months after admitting a burglary.

The pair were only 17 when they called at a Kidderminster block of flats and tricked Simon Marriott to open the front door. They then set about him,said Adam Western, prosecuting, and he was punched and kicked about the head.

The attack took place on December 8, 2012 and Mr Marriott had to have hospital treatment for his injuries. A few weeks later, Lee stole jewellery when he carried out a house burglary in Northfield.

Jason Patel, for Watts, said he had reduced his drug intake with the help of a support worker but he lived in a culture where it was " fight first and ask questions later".

Richard Hull, for Lee, said he was immature and had failed to get his parents to lend him money.

Recorder Paul Bleasdale QC said the pair's annoyance at not getting any money from friends had led them to bully Mr Marriott. He had received serious injuries when he was kicked in the head in a pre-planned attack.

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