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Relief as 14-year-old Derby boy is sentenced for a 'one-boy crime wave'.

Posted on 18th October 2018
Derby Crown Court Derby Crown Court

A 14-year-old from Derby, described by one of our senior detectives as a ‘one-boy crime wave’, has been sent to secure accommodation out of the county for over three years. 

The boy, who we can’t name for legal reasons, appeared at Derby Crown Court on Friday, October 12, where he was sentenced to a total of 40 months in secure accommodation for a string of offences, committed between September last year and April this year, including robbery, house burglary, theft and possession of a bladed article. 

Detective Chief Inspector Darren De’Ath, who is responsible for criminal investigations in Derby, said: “There has been a lot of hard work done by my officers, in partnership with the Crown Prosecution Service, Youth Offending Services, Derby City Council Safety Partnership and the local Safer Neighbourhood team, to get this boy to court. 

“He really was a ‘one-boy crime wave’, committing most of his crime in the Normanton and Peartree areas of the city. 

“He has now been sentenced for these serious offences, including robbery and house burglaries, so we are relieved for the victims and the rest of the community that he is now in secure accommodation out of the county.” 

The lead sentence was for a robbery committed on Monday, December 18, 2017 on Warner Street in Derby when he, and two others already convicted, knocked a 40-year-old man to the floor and stole his mobile phone and bank card. 

Other offences included house burglaries on St Giles Road, Goodale Street, Crewe Street, Camden Street, Cooperative Street, Sutherland Road, Randolph Road, Jackson Street and Havelock Road. He was also convicted of a burglary at the Cathedral Quarter Hotel, St Mary’s Gate on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 and a theft of a jacket and aftershave from Primark on the Cornmarket. 

Sentencing the boy for a total of 12 offences, His Honour Judge Bennett, also announced that when he is released on licence, it was his view that it would be detrimental if he returned to live where the offences took place.


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