Sidemoor mugger faces jail

A MUGGER who grabbed headphones from a teenage student in a street robbery in Bromsgrove has been warned he is facing jail.

Jack Shipley, of New Road, Sidemoor, was at a bus stop with two others, as 18-year-old engineering student Benjamin Glass was walking home at about 1am on February 22 this year, Worcester Crown Court heard.

Mr Glass had his headphones on and passed by the trio, who all had their hoods up. He turned into Stourbridge Road and one of the group started walking backwards alongside him, then said "all right, blood, how's it going?" Andrew Davidson, prosecuting, told the court.

He said Shipley, aged 20, then came across and told Mr Glass to give him the headphones, which were Dr Dre Beats special edition worth £120.

He then grabbed them from his head and held them behind his back. When Mr Glass asked for them back, he pushed him in the face and said: "you shouldn't be walking my streets at night, blood."

Mr Glass left the scene and went home, later picking Shipley out in identity procedures. The other two in the group remain unknown.

Mr Davidson said Shipley had six previous convictions including offences of robbery.

Simon Hunka, defending, said Shipley had not been before the courts for three years. He had been in prison on remand for almost two months and had been so frightened by the experience, he had spent the whole time in his cell.

He has since found work helping a self-employed street cleaner and is involved in a new relationship.

Judge Robert Juckes, QC, warned Shipley he is facing jail but he had decided to adjourn the case for a pre-sentence report.

Shipley is due to return for sentencing on June 10.

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