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Whipping robbery boy jailed
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The robbery took place in an Abergele alleyway

A teenager has been jailed for whipping another boy with a chain and punching him several times in the face before robbing him of his wallet.

The 15-year-old from Oldham, who cannot be named, was sentenced to two years' detention and training at a young offenders' institute after admitting the daytime robbery in an Abergele alleyway last month.

Llandudno youth court heard the victim was punched, kicked, and whipped with a chain by youths.

He suffered a black eye, broken teeth, cut lip, bruised nose and scratches during the attack.

He had been with a boy of ten when he was confronted by a gang and robbed of his wallet containing 2.

Steven Sullivan, defending, said the boy's childhood had been "disrupted and dysfunctional".

He said he was from a broken home and had been rejected by his parents.

"His life has been spent in and out of care homes.

"He's been dealt a very cruel hand and seen the hard side of life far more than someone who might be five years older than him.

"It doesn't excuse him but his role models, his friends, have been from the wrong side of the tracks because there's no-one else to turn to.

"When he commits offences he's always with his peers."

Sentencing the teenager, who remained handcuffed to a security officer throughout the proceedings, court chairman Llion Williams said custody was the only option.

"We are of the opinion that only such a sentence would be adequate to protect the public from serious harm from you," he said.

"It was an unprovoked attack in broad daylight and the victim was accompanied by a ten-year-old child.

"It involved a weapon and the victim suffered serious injuries."

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