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Father jailed for attack on teenager

PUBLISHED: 17:21 09 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

A FATHER has been jailed for attacking the teenage brother of his girlfriend, tying him up and robbing him.

Peter Green, 20, of Kelly Road, Ipswich, was living with his girlfriend Linda Skilton at a house in the town's Birkfield Drive when he set upon 17-year-old Aidan Bentman on August 15.

A FATHER has been jailed for attacking the teenage brother of his girlfriend, tying him up and robbing him.

Peter Green, 20, of Kelly Road, Ipswich, was living with his girlfriend Linda Skilton at a house in the town's Birkfield Drive when he set upon 17-year-old Aidan Bentman on August 15.

Ipswich Crown Court heard yesterday Aidan had been repeatedly punched and kicked in the head during the assault and suffered a suspected broken eye socket.

Green, who is originally from Liverpool, then used a mobile phone charge cable to bind the teenager's wrists and ankles before taking his jewellery, mobile phone, watch and wallet. He also stole a CD player and suitcase before leaving the terrified boy locked in the house.

Aidan was only able to raise the alarm after managing to squeeze through his kitchen window and get help from a neighbour.

Green, who has a two-and-a-half-year-old son, pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery and one charge of theft.

He told the court he was sorry about the incident and said he had felt so guilty that he had given himself up to police a few weeks after the attack.

Green added he had been high on crack cocaine during the assault and expressed a wish to lead a crime and drug-free life.

Sentencing Green to three-and-a-half years in prison, Judge Peter Thompson described the attack as "dreadful" and said the punishment would have been much more severe had Green not turned himself in and expressed a clear desire to change his ways.

He added: "What you did was dreadful, but you get credit for admitting your offence and giving yourself up and you have experienced remorse in terms which I accept are genuine.

"This offence could attract up to 6 years in prison and you must understand you have to change your life and you are young enough to gain some benefit from the educational provisions in prison."

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