A TEENAGER who brutally attacked a student with a dog chain in Tudor Grange Park has been locked up for more than two years.
Warwick Crown Court heard that Michael Edwards, of Shannon Road, Kings Heath, had wrapped the chain around his fist and punched the victim in the December 2010 attack on a footpath.
The Solihull College student suffered a fit on the ground after being punched and had his mobile phone stolen while his friend also had his phone and £5 in change taken.
Edwards, 19, was sentenced to 30 months’ detention while one of his accomplices, Gary Mellerick, also 19, of Glenhill Drive, Kings Norton, received 12 months’ detention, suspended for two years, with an electronically-tagged curfew. Two other teens involved in the attack, both aged 16, had their cases sent to the youth court to be made subject to referral orders. All had admitted two charges of robbery.
Judge Marten Coates told Edwards: “You were the leader of these four. I am quite satisfied this crime would not have been committed if you had not been in that group.
“I can see no lawful reason why you should have a dog chain with you and you wrapped it round your fist and used it to punch one of them. People can die when they have a fit because they can choke but you did nothing to help.”
Andrew Wilkins, for Edwards, admitted: “He cannot shy away from being the prime mover behind this and he takes full responsibility for that as he does for the use of the weapon.”
The judge told Mellerick he had come very close to being locked up alongside Edwards.