prison for man who robbed boy

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A MAN who threatened to slit the throat of a teenage boy has been jailed.

Luke Holland, 22, of Kent Road, Stowmarket, also said he would kill a dog which tried to intervene in the incident.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how a 15-year-old boy was alone at his home in Ipswich when Holland and another man called at the door.

The pair forced their way inside the property before Holland grabbed the boy, put his hand over his mouth and held a knife to his throat telling the teenager he would cut his throat.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said Holland and the other man claimed they were owed £5 by the boy’s brother.

Holland – who threated to kill a Great Dane dog which started barking – and his accomplice left the house with £4 from the boy’s wallet, a TV set and a mobile phone worth £250.

The court was told that Holland had pleaded guilty to an offence of robbery of the boy on April 1 and assault on a taxi driver in Ipswich during the early hours of May 1.

The taxi driver had been approached by Holland and another man in Cox Lane, Ipswich, before having his glasses pulled off and being pinned to his seat.

Roger Thomson, in mitigation, said the robbery of the teenage boy had not been pre-planned and no violence was used. He added that Holland had not been the instigator of the attack on the taxi driver and the role he played had been ‘minor’.

Judge Peter Fenn told Holland that custody was the only option because of the seriousness of the offences.

Holland was jailed for two years for robbery and three months for the assault offence. Twenty six days he has already spent in custody will be deducted from the time he has to serve.