Chester-le-Street youth jailed for Hallowe'en street robbery

THREE young people endured a nightmare journey home from a Hallowe’en night party, a court heard.

Two brothers and a female friend were waylaid after crossing paths with 21-year-old Callum Bell, who was high on a mix of drink and valium pills.

Durham Crown Court heard that Bell, who was with another youth, crossed a road to confront the trio as they walked home from the party in Pelton, near Chester-le-Street, on October 28.

David Wilkinson, prosecuting, said Bell punched both brothers several times, knocking them to the ground, while also striking one of their heads off the path.

He turned to the female and jabbed her in the face. She fell on a lap-top she was carrying to prevent him taking it from her.

Bell then returned to the first brother and kept hitting him until he was able to prise his bike from his grasp.

He rode off on the bike, leaving the three victims on the ground, the two brothers injured.

They all picked out Bell in an identification procedure, and he was arrested.

He initially denied involvement, but added that he had been high on drink and drugs at the time.

In a further interview he told police the first brother had been “cheeky”, so he “smacked him”, while he tried to pass responsibility for the incident on the other youth who was with him at the time.

But, at a previous hearing, 21-year-old Bell, of Conyers Avenue, South Pelaw, Chetser-le-Street, admitted robbery, attempted robbery and two counts of common assault.

Tom Moran, mitigating, who handed over several character references, told the court: “People who know him are surprised at the serious nature of the offences.”

He added that Bell had not set out to commit the offence that evening.

Judge Christopher Prince jailed Bell for three years. Bell must also pay a £120 statutory surcharge.

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10:02am Fri 16 Nov 12

thehogman says...

It infuriates me when idiots like this guy offer up being high on drink and drugs as if it is a valid reason for behavior like this; he should have been locked up for much longer than this
It infuriates me when idiots like this guy offer up being high on drink and drugs as if it is a valid reason for behavior like this; he should have been locked up for much longer than this thehogman
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12:21pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Colcat says...

People who use the "defence" (ie excuse) of drink and drugs should automatically have possession/use of illegal substances and drunk and disorderly charges added to their charges.
People who use the "defence" (ie excuse) of drink and drugs should automatically have possession/use of illegal substances and drunk and disorderly charges added to their charges. Colcat
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6:50pm Sat 17 Nov 12

toonboy says...

I think anyone on here needs to know the person concerned before making any derogative remarks, you also need to know the facts. As for the journalists reports WELL OUT OF CONTEXT, you will do anything to get a story out wont you? Making him look like a common day thug PATHETIC JOURNALISM

If he was HIGH on a mix of drink and drugs he would in no condition to carry out the acts that you have depicted, nor would he be in any condition to ride a bluddy bike, he would have fell off it before he got on it!!!!! never mind having having the ability to fight, both physical or mental abilities would be seriously impaired if he was HIGH

We would not have a problem with drink and drugs in the first place if the police done there job properly and focused there attentions at the dealers, and as the new commissioner is ex police, I very much doubt that is going to happen any time soon. (and I didnt vote for you BTW)
I think anyone on here needs to know the person concerned before making any derogative remarks, you also need to know the facts. As for the journalists reports WELL OUT OF CONTEXT, you will do anything to get a story out wont you? Making him look like a common day thug PATHETIC JOURNALISM If he was HIGH on a mix of drink and drugs he would in no condition to carry out the acts that you have depicted, nor would he be in any condition to ride a bluddy bike, he would have fell off it before he got on it!!!!! never mind having having the ability to fight, both physical or mental abilities would be seriously impaired if he was HIGH We would not have a problem with drink and drugs in the first place if the police done there job properly and focused there attentions at the dealers, and as the new commissioner is ex police, I very much doubt that is going to happen any time soon. (and I didnt vote for you BTW) toonboy
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