A thief from Middlesbrough, 19, drove his motorbike to the victim

A YOUNG thief who rode a motorbike on his victim before asking him to hand over his things has been jailed.

Leo Sharkey targeted the man on his way to work around 6 a.m., Teesside Crown Court has learned.

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The 19-year-old threw the victim to the ground before punching and kicking him while he was lying on the ground.

Prosecutor Emma Atkinson said Starkey was wearing a black hood when he robbed the victim on October 8 this year.

She said two other youths were with Sharkey, who appeared to be under the influence of a substance, and one of them joined in the attack by grabbing the bag.

She added: “The accused came and stole from her on a motorcycle.

“He was wearing a balaclava, then headed straight for the victim.

“He dropped her back and then asked her to put her bag and things back.”

The court heard that the victim had managed to retrieve the bag for the accused.

Sharkey, of Salisbury Terrace, South Bank, was arrested at the scene by police.

The man went to court and read a victim impact statement saying he was still scared and worried about a repeated attack while on the street or answering the door from his home.

Sharkey pleaded guilty to robbery and violating a 12-month suspended prison sentence.

John Nixon, in mitigation, said Sharkey did respond to an earlier court order to do unpaid work, but fell under the evil influence of associates in the South Bank area in Middlesbrough .

Judge Timothy Stead sent Starkey to a juvenile institute for three years and seven months.

In June, Starkey was given a suspended sentence and asked to change his life or be taken into custody.

The teenager was accused of carrying a machete and brass knuckles after being embroiled in a heated argument in January this year.

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