No jail for four men who robbed teenager at knife-point
FOUR men who broke into a Cheltenham flat and robbed a teenager at knife point have avoided prison.
Daniel Thomas, Callum Feehan, Gary Williams and Joshua Walker hatched a plan to rob Daniel James, 17, at his Rose and Crown House home when they wanted cannabis but had no money.
Gloucester Crown Court was told that when the foursome knocked on the door and got no answer, despite Mr James and his friends being in, they entered through a window, covering their faces with their shirts.
Prosecutor Julian Kesner said Mr James was being threatened with the knife, while another onlooker was punched in the face and one was pushed from a chair on to the floor.
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The four escaped with just a small amount of cash, tobacco and less than £10 worth of cannabis.
Feehan, 18, of Pitman Road, St Marks, Walker, 21, of Overton Road and Williams, 25, of Lansdown Crescent, all Cheltenham, denied the allegation, but were found guilty of robbery at a trial this year.
Thomas, of Bowly Road, Gloucester, admitted the robbery.
Another man, Luke Neal, planned the robbery with the others, but decided not to take part once he got to the flat. He acted as a witness in the case.
In mitigation for Thomas, Steve Young told the court the 21-year-old had come to him in May and requested to be remanded in prison because he was worried for his future.
Thomas, who admitted punching people during the robbery, said his cannabis use was completely out of control at the time but his spell in prison had helped him come off the drug.
He was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for two years, with 18 months supervision. He will have to undergo a six-month drug rehabilitation order and attend 20 days of a thinking skills programme.
Williams, who works at Montpellier Wine Bar, was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with 18 months supervision.
The court was told he had moved to Cheltenham five years ago and, despite having a long criminal history, had remained largely out of trouble since.
He will also have to attend 30 days of a thinking skills programme, a three-month drug rehabilitation programme and pay £1,500 costs.
Feehan and Walker were each given a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with 12 months supervision and will each have to carry out a 30-day thinking skills programme.