Cousins given jail terms for mugging man in park
TWO cousins who robbed a man of cannabis have each been jailed for 14 months.
Lewis Brown lured Benjamin Flanders into a car in Little Stoke, and drove to a park where disguised Timmy Brown carried out the mugging, Bristol Crown Court heard.
Timmy Brown, 21, of Almondsbury, admitted robbery as well as taking a moped and trying to outrun a police helicopter.
His cousin Lewis, 21, of Frampton Cotterell, denied robbery but was found guilty after a trial.
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The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Neil Ford QC said: "People who carry out muggings of those sort must realise that they are going to lose their liberty immediately."
The judge banned Timmy Brown from driving for a year and ordered him to pass an extended driving test.
Nicholas Fridd, prosecuting, said Mr Flanders was driven to the park, where Timmy Brown took off a camouflaged hood and goggles and demanded property.
Mr Flanders handed over cannabis, his mobile phone and wallet containing £40, the court was told.
Text messages recovered by police linked the cousins to the incident, Mr Fridd said.
He told the court that, in a separate incident, Timmy Brown was riding a moped without wearing a helmet, which was pursued through South Gloucestershire by the police helicopter before Brown and his unnamed pillion passenger darted into Yate leisure centre and attempted to discard their clothes.
Police on the ground arrested Brown and he made no comment.
Giles Nelson, defending Timmy Brown, said: "There was an element of planning. In many ways that was the most serious feature to it.
"The lure was to take him (Flanders) round the corner to a park where Timmy Brown was waiting."
Mr Nelson said his client's aggravated taking of the moped was "an extremely stupid thing to do".
Darren Burleigh, defending Lewis Brown, said: "This was a fairly unsophisticated method of this offence.
"All parties were known to each other and the identities of these people were well known to Mr Flanders."
Lewis Brown conceded to the police he had been involved in some trickery, the court heard.