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Robber who attacked boy and stole £500 bracelet jailed

A heartless robber who attacked a 15-year-old boy before stealing his £500 bracelet has been jailed.

Curtis Hodgkinson pushed the boy to the ground and punched him in the face three times.

He then fled the scene with the boy’s 18 carat gold bracelet, which was a recent birthday present from his mother.

Nottingham Crown Court heard Hodgkinson was awaiting sentencing for other matters when he targeted the boy in Warren Avenue, Stapleford, at 6pm on 10 June.

It was broad daylight and Hodgkinson, who was aged 19 at the time, approached the boy after getting out of a black Vauxhall Astra.

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The court heard Hodgkinson, now aged 20, was with two pals who laughed as he carried out the unprovoked attack, which left the victim with bruising.

Police inquiries quickly identified Hodgkinson as the prime suspect and he was arrested three days after the incident.

He was charged with robbery following a robust investigation that included CCTV inquiries, witness testimony and forensic evidence obtained from a pint glass Hodgkinson left at the scene.

Hodgkinson, of Selside Court, Chilwell, pleaded guilty to robbery and was jailed for two years and six months on Tuesday (18 October).

He received a further consecutive jail term of 15 months after he pleaded guilty to wounding without intent in relation to a separate incident on 25 March 2022, in which he stabbed a friend in the arm following a alcohol-fuelled argument in a garden shed in Hickings Lane, Stapleford.

It means his overall sentence is three years and nine months.

Following the sentencing, Detective Inspector Simon Harrison, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “These are very serious offences and I am pleased justice has been done.

“By committing a robbery while awaiting sentence for a previous matter, Hodgkinson showed a complete disregard for the law and it is right he is now in prison.

“I hope the sentence he’s received sends a strong message as to how seriously Nottinghamshire Police and the justice system takes this kind of offending.”

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