A baby-faced mugger has been jailed for the knifepoint robbery of a teenager in an alleyway.
Brandon Byrne was with two friends who helped him frogmarch the young victim into the narrow street in Paignton where he was kicked, punched and threatened with a craft knife.
He was left semi-conscious on the ground after Byrne rifled his pockets and stole his wallet and mobile phone.
Byrne claimed the victim had tried to rip him off during a £30 cannabis deal and that he had never produced a knife but a Judge rejected his account at a fact-finding hearing at Exeter Crown Court.
Byrne, aged 20, of Briseham Road, Brixham, admitted robbery and possession of a bladed article and was jailed for three years in a Young Offenders’ Institution by Judge Peter Johnson.
He told him: “You and two others set about the victim in a street robbery. I do not accept this was a drug deal that went wrong. Apart from kicking and punching him, you used a knife to threaten him.
“Clearly, he was extremely frightened and had to re-live that experience at today’s hearing.”
Tom Bradnock, prosecuting, said the victim was standing near the Tesco Express store in Torquay Road, Paignton, on the afternoon of June 8, 2019, when he was approached by Byrne and two other youths, one on a bicycle.
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He was forced into an alleyway where Byrne demanded his wallet and phone. He refused and had his legs kicked from under him before being punched and kicked on the ground.
He heard Byrne ask one of the others for the knife which was jabbed towards his ribs as his pockets were emptied and his wallet and phone stolen.
The yellow and black Stanley type knife was found on the ground next to him. The victim suffered a knee ligament injury in the attack but did not need surgery.
Joss Ticehurst, defending, said Byrne suffered a very troubled childhood in which he both witnessed and experienced domestic violence.
This offence arose from his immaturity and he has stayed out of trouble in the 17 months since, during which he has been leading a more stable life with his grandparents.