Teen armed himself with imitation gun and robbed a man in Warrington

Warrington Guardian: Teen armed himself with imitation gun and robbed a man in Warrington Teen armed himself with imitation gun and robbed a man in Warrington

A 19-YEAR-OLD who armed himself with an imitation gun and robbed a man on a night out to help pay off £600 worth of debt had been jailed.

Liam Richardson, of Whitfield Avenue, Paddington, targeted Ryan Simpson on June 14 who was out drinking in Warrington town centre, hitting him in the face and knocking him to the floor after asking him if he had a phone.

Chester Crown Court heard on Friday how despite the attack, which took place in the alleyway behind McDonalds, Mr Simpson managed to get back on his feet before Richardson struck him a second time, felling him again.

While on the floor Richardson rifled through his pockets and took his iPhone, two £20 notes, cigarettes and his wallet.

CCTV footage captured Richardson heading up towards Sankey Street brandishing the BB gun and police tracked him down by The King’s Head pub on Winwick Street.

Police recovered the stolen iPhone from under a car next to where he was arrested and he led police to a bush where he had dumped the gun.

Richardson maintained that he had not hit his victim and that the phone was handed over when he asked for it despite a previous court hearing which ruled the victim’s version of events not Richardson’s were correct.

Anthony O’Donohoe, defending, said: “This behaviour was out of character, a young man who has only troubled the courts to a limited degree.

“This matter represents a significant escalation in criminality on behalf of the defendant.

“It is out of character because he comes from a good family. He has a supportive family who care for him.”

He added Richardson had got into debt on mobile phone contracts but did not want his family to know due to ill health of a family member.

“The gun wasn’t used in the commission of this offence,” added Mr O’Donohoe in Richardson’s mitigation.

Sentencing him to 27-months in a young offenders institute Judge Ian Trigger said: “During the early hours of the 14th and you were on your own in your house. You went out and I’m quite satisfied that you went out with the intention of stealing if you could.

“There is a side to you that is potentially dangerous.”

Richardson was handed a 27-month sentence for robbery and a six-month sentence for possession of an imitation firearm to run concurrently, minus 89 days served on a tag.

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8:40am Thu 19 Dec 13

moleogod says...

"This behaviour was out of character, a young man who has only troubled the courts to a limited degree".

what a nice young man would not had troubled the courts to ANY degree.
"This behaviour was out of character, a young man who has only troubled the courts to a limited degree". what a nice young man would not had troubled the courts to ANY degree. moleogod

10:52am Thu 19 Dec 13

christine68 says...

I have known this young man personally since he has been 5 years old and it is completely out of character people shouldn't pass comment when they only have a brief reported account of the circumstances that are not always correct !
I have known this young man personally since he has been 5 years old and it is completely out of character people shouldn't pass comment when they only have a brief reported account of the circumstances that are not always correct ! christine68

11:37am Thu 19 Dec 13

anonymous2014 says...

He robbed someone at gunpoint which could potentially harm the victim mentally for years to come. Imagine if your son had been robbed at gunpoint. Out of character or not he's a criminal and should face jail, he should of gone to adult prison if he want's to act like a big man!!
He robbed someone at gunpoint which could potentially harm the victim mentally for years to come. Imagine if your son had been robbed at gunpoint. Out of character or not he's a criminal and should face jail, he should of gone to adult prison if he want's to act like a big man!! anonymous2014

12:02pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Dustin says...

christine68 wrote:
I have known this young man personally since he has been 5 years old and it is completely out of character people shouldn't pass comment when they only have a brief reported account of the circumstances that are not always correct !
Whatever the circumstances and however they are described there is no excuse for what this chap did. Spare a thought for the victim if you can and imagine how he felt. People get into debt or face extreme difficulties but the vast majority never take their problems other innocent bystanders.
[quote][p][bold]christine68[/bold] wrote: I have known this young man personally since he has been 5 years old and it is completely out of character people shouldn't pass comment when they only have a brief reported account of the circumstances that are not always correct ![/p][/quote]Whatever the circumstances and however they are described there is no excuse for what this chap did. Spare a thought for the victim if you can and imagine how he felt. People get into debt or face extreme difficulties but the vast majority never take their problems other innocent bystanders. Dustin

1:23pm Thu 19 Dec 13

flashcoffy says...

christine68 wrote:
I have known this young man personally since he has been 5 years old and it is completely out of character people shouldn't pass comment when they only have a brief reported account of the circumstances that are not always correct !
Completely agree, people only have a brief reported account of the circumstances.

I take it the Judge, Jury and various legal representation based their arguments and subsequent sentencing on the evidence that he armed himself with an imitation firearm to carry out crime and NOT purely on this article.

*rolls eyes
[quote][p][bold]christine68[/bold] wrote: I have known this young man personally since he has been 5 years old and it is completely out of character people shouldn't pass comment when they only have a brief reported account of the circumstances that are not always correct ![/p][/quote]Completely agree, people only have a brief reported account of the circumstances. I take it the Judge, Jury and various legal representation based their arguments and subsequent sentencing on the evidence that he armed himself with an imitation firearm to carry out crime and NOT purely on this article. *rolls eyes flashcoffy

2:23pm Thu 19 Dec 13

B.S.M.G says...

christine68 wrote:
I have known this young man personally since he has been 5 years old and it is completely out of character people shouldn't pass comment when they only have a brief reported account of the circumstances that are not always correct !
Either way he beat & robbed somebody, there is no way you can justify that what so ever whther this was out of character or not!!
[quote][p][bold]christine68[/bold] wrote: I have known this young man personally since he has been 5 years old and it is completely out of character people shouldn't pass comment when they only have a brief reported account of the circumstances that are not always correct ![/p][/quote]Either way he beat & robbed somebody, there is no way you can justify that what so ever whther this was out of character or not!! B.S.M.G

4:49pm Thu 19 Dec 13

MAD 4 IT says...

HE HAS A "CRIMINAL RECORD" FOR LIFE NOW ! BEHIND BARS WHERE HE SHOULD BE !
HE HAS A "CRIMINAL RECORD" FOR LIFE NOW ! BEHIND BARS WHERE HE SHOULD BE ! MAD 4 IT

11:50am Fri 20 Dec 13

Mrs1979 says...

Needed to pay a £600 debt !! Drug debt more like
He could of gone to the cab without a gun or hitting anyone !!
Needed to pay a £600 debt !! Drug debt more like He could of gone to the cab without a gun or hitting anyone !! Mrs1979

12:10pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Melonfish says...

MAD 4 IT wrote:
HE HAS A "CRIMINAL RECORD" FOR LIFE NOW ! BEHIND BARS WHERE HE SHOULD BE !
MAD 4 IT: Do you really have to post every comment in capital letters? it makes you look horribly ignorant.

Anyway with regards to the offender, you do the time for your crime regardless of character, that is the law. he may have never harmed a kitten before but he has to pay for what he did. that may seem heartless to some that know him but you cannot judge a persons actions in context of their character, actions speak louder then words for a reason.
[quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: HE HAS A "CRIMINAL RECORD" FOR LIFE NOW ! BEHIND BARS WHERE HE SHOULD BE ![/p][/quote]MAD 4 IT: Do you really have to post every comment in capital letters? it makes you look horribly ignorant. Anyway with regards to the offender, you do the time for your crime regardless of character, that is the law. he may have never harmed a kitten before but he has to pay for what he did. that may seem heartless to some that know him but you cannot judge a persons actions in context of their character, actions speak louder then words for a reason. Melonfish

6:57pm Sat 21 Dec 13

SickAndTired2 says...

christine68 wrote:
I have known this young man personally since he has been 5 years old and it is completely out of character people shouldn't pass comment when they only have a brief reported account of the circumstances that are not always correct !
He is gutter trash and scum like this needs eradicating from society.
[quote][p][bold]christine68[/bold] wrote: I have known this young man personally since he has been 5 years old and it is completely out of character people shouldn't pass comment when they only have a brief reported account of the circumstances that are not always correct ![/p][/quote]He is gutter trash and scum like this needs eradicating from society. SickAndTired2

5:20pm Sun 22 Dec 13

stupot0041 says...

If he's "only troubled the courts to a limited degree" then it's clear this is not his first offence so it sounds like this idiot is well on his way to completely ruining his own future, it's good he's locked up before he ruins somebody elses.
If he's "only troubled the courts to a limited degree" then it's clear this is not his first offence so it sounds like this idiot is well on his way to completely ruining his own future, it's good he's locked up before he ruins somebody elses. stupot0041

9:53am Mon 23 Dec 13

MAD 4 IT says...

LOCK HIM UP FOR "LIFE" !!! DO SOCIETY A FAVOUR !
LOCK HIM UP FOR "LIFE" !!! DO SOCIETY A FAVOUR ! MAD 4 IT

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