Thug finds boy, 14, camping out with friends in derelict home...he then made him strip to his underwear before beating him

Manchester Evening News 2 weeks ago

A drug and alcohol-fuelled thug made a teenager strip down to his underwear before attacking and robbing him at knifepoint.

Christopher Andrew Jolley robbed the 14-year-old boy and his 19-year-old friend after they told him they did not have a cigarette lighter he could use.

The victims and a 13-year-old girl were sleeping in a semi-derelict house in Accrington after a camping trip fell through, when they were woken in the middle of the night by Jolley and a 17-year-old co-defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Prosecutor David Traynor told Burnley Crown Court that when the group said they didn’t have a lighter Jolley "didn’t accept it and became more aggressive".

The 19-year-old male offered to go and buy a lighter for him but Jolley said he didn’t want him to do that, reports Lancashire Live.

Jolley, 26, then pulled a curved knife from his trousers and started waving it around before stabbing it into a door or wall.

Mr Traynor said the girl started to cry before Jolley told her she "shouldn’t be scared as it was the two lads he was trying to frighten".

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When the 19-year-old "suggested" that the 14-year-old had a lighter earlier in the evening, Jolley demanded he leave the room and strip to his underwear to prove he didn’t have a lighter.

Jolley then demanded everyone put their belongings on the floor but told the girl she didn’t have to "because it wasn’t about her".

Mr Traynor said Jolley got angry when the 14-year-old boy’s phone wouldn’t turn on because it had run out of battery. He then began asking the girl if the two males had done anything sexual to her.

When the girl said no, Jolley told the group that “if they just had a lighter then none of this would have happened”.

Jolley was jailed at Burnley Crown Court

The court heard that Jolley gave the girl £5 for a taxi before punching the 19-year-old to the face, causing him to fall to the floor.

When the girl left the house she heard a bang and then a noise which sounded like "something being dragged across the floor".

The 14-year-old later left the house with a gash across his jaw which required 20 stitches. Mr Traynor said the injury was caused by Jolley.

When arrested and interviewed by police four weeks later, Jolley claimed he spent the night drinking with father and denied being present at the derelict house.

Mr Traynor said text messages between Jolley and the 17-year-old co-defendant showed the reason they met up was "to sell some pills that Jolley had".

'A bizarre set of circumstances'

Jolley, of Longfield, Penwortham, later pleaded guilty to two robberies.

Defence barrister Saul Brody said his client had no recollection of the incident because he was intoxicated by alcohol and cannabis and described it as a "rather bizarre set of circumstances".

He said: “There is no history at all of this defendant having ever threatened anyone with a knife or ever having possessed a knife in a public place.

“He has never been convicted of actual physical violence and he doesn’t have a violent history at all.

“Long-standing misuse of cannabis together with alcohol has had a negative impact upon his mental health and well-being.”

Mr Brody told the court that Jolley struggled to cope with the deaths of both his grandparents, his partner and best friend in the space of 12 months and that his substance abuse "intensified during that period when he was plunged into grief".

He said: “There were four devastating bereavements during the period of one year. He doesn’t appear to have ever sought professional help to come to terms with the grief.

“Mr Jolley is a troubled young man but not ordinarily a violent one.

“These offences don’t have the hallmark of planning, they are not sophisticated and he expresses genuine remorse.

“He doesn’t know why he had a knife. He accepts the Crown’s case because he can’t oppose it.”

Judge Sara Dodd jailed Jolley for five-and-a-half years but ruled against classing him a dangerous offender following an assessment by the probation service.

The 17-year-old, from Accrington, pleaded guilty to theft and handling stolen goods and will be sentenced on November 25.

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