BB gun used to threaten group of park teenagers in Downend
TWO teenagers who used a BB gun to threaten youngsters have been warned to stay out of trouble.
Jason Marks and Daniel Hucker, both 18, along with a third male approached a group in Britannia Woods near Downend on July 26 last year.
Marks produced a BB gun and demanded a mobile phone while Hucker egged his friend on.
Another teenager had a tin containing a pouch of tobacco taken, although it was returned to him.
Marks, of Alexandra Park, Fishponds, pleaded guilty to assault with intent to rob and robbery.
Hucker, of Cotterell Road, Eastville admitted assault with intent to rob.
Tara Wolfe, prosecuting, said the three men had gone to the park during the summer holidays and saw the group sitting on a grass verge.
"The defendants approached the group and started to joke about robbing them," Miss Wolfe said.
"Jason Marks produced a BB gun and told one of them to give him his phone which he refused to do.
"When he refused the BB gun was pointed directly into his face by Jason Marks and he said 'Do you really think this is not loaded?'
"Daniel Hucker was making derisory remarks.
"They then ordered all of them, except one girl, to empty their pockets. They took a pouch of tobacco which was returned after some had been taken.
"Friends of the boy being threatened asked them to stop and the girl asked them to leave them alone but they continued."
Miss Wolfe said the police were called and were told by the defendants it was only a "joke".
She said neither teenager had any previous convictions.
Jonathan Stanniland, defending Marks, said the subsequent result of his client's actions had been a "terrible shock" for him.
"He now understands how frightening it would have been for the youths he terrified in the woods," Mr Stanniland said.
"However this was very unpleasant bullying rather than serious criminal activity."
David Maunder, defending Hucker, said his client had only just turned 18 and on this occasion had behaved like a child rather than an adult.
"Both these boys were ignorant about the seriousness of what they had done," Mr Maunder said.
Judge David Ticehurst told them they were not "wicked criminals" but "little boys who had got involved in a dreadfully serious situation because of their foolishness".
Marks was given a 12-month community order with supervision and 100 hours unpaid work.
Hucker was given a 12-month youth rehabilitation order. Both men apologised to the judge.