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Teenager guilty of street robbery

PUBLISHED: 14:03 16 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich teenager is behind bars today after being convicted of robbing a Copleston High School student of his coat and neck chain.

AN Ipswich teenager is behind bars today after being convicted of robbing a Copleston High School student of his coat and neck chain.

Jamie Arnold threatened Christopher Berry in St Helens Street.

Arnold, 18 of Fritton Close, pleaded guilty to robbery at Ipswich Crown Court and was sentenced to two years in a young offender's institute.

Peter Fenn, prosecuting, said Mr Berry had been walking home with friends after an evening at Liquid Nightclub when the defendant and his friend walked past.

Arnold asked the group if they were from Copleston High School then added that he had been "in nick" and they would not want to mess with him.

Mr Fenn added: "Mr Berry became concerned for his safety and thought he was going to be hurt."

Arnold told Mr Berry to give him his denim jacket or he would get his head "kicked in".

Arnold also demanded that Mr Berry hand over a neck chain which his grandmother had given him. The court heard that Arnold had previous convictions which included common assault, burglary, theft, harassment and driving offences.

Lindsay Cox, mitigating, said Arnold had problems with alcohol and drugs. "But for the first time the defendant has indicated that he needs help."

Judge Nicholas Beddard said: "This was a very nasty offence and must have been a very frightening experience for Mr Berry and his friends in the early hours of that morning."

He added that Arnold had pleaded guilty to the offence – which happened at 2.30am on May 1 – at the first opportunity but had offended only a day after being released from a magistrates court.

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