TWO teenagers have been jailed for a robbery in Shirley in which their teenage victim had his face slashed with a knife. One of them, a 14-year-old boy, was also been found guilty of a burglary last September, also in Shirley, in which he threatened an 83-year-old woman and stole approximately £3,000 worth of jewellery. A 15-year-old boy was sentenced to 42 months for robbery and possession of an offensive weapon relating to the robbery of another teenage boy, 15, in Bramble Close, Shirley, on December 5 last year. The 14-year-old was sentenced to 40 months after pleading guilty to assault for his part in the Bramble Close incident and the aggravated burglary of the 83-year-old woman in Broom Road. The victim of the robbery, who was attacked at approximately 2pm, had his face slashed with a craft knife and had to have his wounds glued together in hospital. The boy was left with permanent scarring and had around £20 taken in the attack. Police arrested the 15-year-old boy on December 8 and the 14-year-old boy the following day. They were sentenced at Croydon Crown Court last Thursday (June 19). The older boy pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an offensive weapon while the judge accepted a guilty plea for assault from the younger boy, who maintained he had not taken anything from the victim. The younger boy was charged with aggravated burglary on January 10 this year while in custody after police traced him by DNA. Both will serve their sentences in young offenders' institutes.
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