Teenage gang jailed for knifepoint attack

Bournemouth Echo: JAILED: Reece Scott JAILED: Reece Scott

A NIGHT OUT in Bournemouth ended in terror for two young men when they were robbed at knifepoint by a gang who fled with their mobile phones.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard how Mark Gerrity and Mehran Nickbakht had been walking towards the West Cliff, in the early hours of March 17, when violence flared.

Mr Nickbakht, who fainted after being struck to the face, was punched and kicked as he lay on the ground. He handed over his wallet and watch as Mr Gerrity was being punched to the face. One member of the gang demanded: “Give us your phone or I will knife you.”

Reece Scott, 18, from Fisherman’s Avenue, Southbourne admitted robbery, along with three juveniles who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

The court was told how the gang had been wearing hooded tops and had their faces hidden during the terrifying attack on Durley Chine Road which had involved a knife and a wooden rolling pin.

Student Mr Gerrity, 21, suffered facial bruising while Mr Nickbakht was unable to work and needed hospital treatment after sustaining a fractured sinus, eye injury and broken finger.

In a statement, Mr Nickbakht, 20, from Godalming, Surrey said he had two scars after the attack and still suffered headaches and difficulty sleeping. Following the attack he no longer goes out with his friends.

In Scott’s defence, the court heard that he accepted being “part of a gang enterprise” but had not used any physical violence on either victim.

He had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and had not initiated the robbery, wishing he could now apologise to his victims for such “a despicable act.”

Judge Samuel Wiggs said: “I cannot pass anything other than an immediate custodial sentence; when people commit an offence as serious as this there has to be punishment.”

Scott and two of the juveniles involved in the robbery were sentenced to 32 months detention in a young offenders’ institution while the other juvenile was sentenced to 24 months detention.

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11:24am Tue 26 Jun 12

Huey says...

Beat the living daylights out of them AND lock them up.
It would be a far more effective deterrent.
Beat the living daylights out of them AND lock them up. It would be a far more effective deterrent. Huey

11:49am Tue 26 Jun 12

Old before my time says...

These people are scum - simply lock them up in a cell with a rope in the corner and throw away the key.
These people are scum - simply lock them up in a cell with a rope in the corner and throw away the key. Old before my time

12:13pm Tue 26 Jun 12

Mr Mo says...

Kill them, then bring them back to life so that we can kill them again, but just before that torture them.
Kill them, then bring them back to life so that we can kill them again, but just before that torture them. Mr Mo

12:47pm Tue 26 Jun 12

beachcomber1 says...

strange. this person is white, and his name doesn't sound like an immigrant's. some mistake, surely?
strange. this person is white, and his name doesn't sound like an immigrant's. some mistake, surely? beachcomber1

5:42pm Tue 26 Jun 12

John T says...

beachcomber1 wrote:
strange. this person is white, and his name doesn't sound like an immigrant's. some mistake, surely?
Sounds like an immigrant from north of the Border to me!
[quote][p][bold]beachcomber1[/bold] wrote: strange. this person is white, and his name doesn't sound like an immigrant's. some mistake, surely?[/p][/quote]Sounds like an immigrant from north of the Border to me! John T

12:25pm Wed 27 Jun 12

HRH of Boscombe says...

The way businesses are outsourcing operations to cheaper countries these days can't we outsource our prisons?
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Venezuela or Mexico would be perfect for this bunch.
The way businesses are outsourcing operations to cheaper countries these days can't we outsource our prisons? . Venezuela or Mexico would be perfect for this bunch. HRH of Boscombe

11:05am Thu 28 Jun 12

Old before my time says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
The way businesses are outsourcing operations to cheaper countries these days can't we outsource our prisons?
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Venezuela or Mexico would be perfect for this bunch.
Read P D James book "Children of Men"

It is most excellent, and the Isle of Wight (or Man, can't remember) is turned into a penal colony. Anyone who commits a serious crime is sent there forever.
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: The way businesses are outsourcing operations to cheaper countries these days can't we outsource our prisons? . Venezuela or Mexico would be perfect for this bunch.[/p][/quote]Read P D James book "Children of Men" It is most excellent, and the Isle of Wight (or Man, can't remember) is turned into a penal colony. Anyone who commits a serious crime is sent there forever. Old before my time

11:16am Thu 28 Jun 12

HRH of Boscombe says...

Old before my time I've seen the film and thought it was about infertility and the brink of the human race.
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I like the IOW idea though. I would prefer somewhere further away. Australia maybe???
Old before my time I've seen the film and thought it was about infertility and the brink of the human race. . I like the IOW idea though. I would prefer somewhere further away. Australia maybe??? HRH of Boscombe

12:31pm Fri 29 Jun 12

Old before my time says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
Old before my time I've seen the film and thought it was about infertility and the brink of the human race.
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I like the IOW idea though. I would prefer somewhere further away. Australia maybe???
The film and the book are very different, although the infertility features in both. The book is more of an exploration of what if that did happen. Would humanity bother trying to fix itself or just roll over and die?
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: Old before my time I've seen the film and thought it was about infertility and the brink of the human race. . I like the IOW idea though. I would prefer somewhere further away. Australia maybe???[/p][/quote]The film and the book are very different, although the infertility features in both. The book is more of an exploration of what if that did happen. Would humanity bother trying to fix itself or just roll over and die? Old before my time

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