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Dudley teen punched a man for a fiver and two cans of beer
1:04pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
A DUDLEY teenager punched a young man to the ground before stealing £5.41 and two cans of lager.
Josh Morris had been at school with his victim and he felt he had approached and taken property from another friend, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
Jas Mann, for Morris, said the 18-year-old had accepted it had not been his job to "act as a policeman or act as a debt collector."
He said Morris, of Burton Road, Upper Gornal, was full of remorse for his actions and he accepted he had an issue with his temper.
Morris admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and also theft, he was given 39 weeks in a young offenders institution suspended for 18 months.
He was further placed on supervision for 18 months and ordered to obey a three-month curfew between the hours of 7pm and 8am.
Judge Martin Walsh who told Morris the offence was "perilously close to a robbery."
Patrick Sullivan, prosecuting, said that after punching the victim who suffered a cut lip and a cut below his eye in the attack Morris went through his pockets and took the property.