Robbers jailed for taking mobile phones from commuters at Wakefield Bus Station

Wakefield Bus Station
Wakefield Bus Station

A duo who robbed mobile phones from commuters at Wakefield Bus Station have been jailed for more than a year.

Adam Joel Greening, 19, and Dale Martin Thomas, 20, snatched an iPhone 4 and a Nokia Lumina from two young men at the Union Street station.

Leeds Crown Court heard how Greening - nicknamed ‘Bigsy’ because of his 6ft 9ins height - then punched one of their friends after he demanded he gave them the phone back.

Prosecutor Howard Shaw told how a group of three young men were returning from a night out in the city centre between 6am and 7am on March 2. The court heard Thomas approached one of the friends who was by himself and waiting for a bus. Thomas’s behaviour was erratic, he was alternating between being friendly and aggressive.

When the man’s friends returned, Thomas shouted to Greening, referring to him as ‘Bigsy’.

The three men were then chased by Greening and Thomas who caught up with them and demanded their phones.

The two mobiles were handed over but Greening punched one of the men when he asked for his friend’s phone back.

The duo were arrested later and charged.

Greening, of, Saville Street, College Grove, admitted two counts of robbery and one of common assault. He has two previous convictions for robbery. Thomas, of Aysgarth Drive, Lupset, admitted two counts of robbery and breach of a community order.

Mike Smith, for Greening, said his client had a chromosome disorder which accounted significantly for his height. The barrister said Greening also had learning difficulties and was easily led.

John Dunning, for Thomas, said his client had spent almost five months in custody on remand and it was an experience he didn’t wish to repeat.

Recorder Paul Isaacs, passing sentence on Greening, said: “You are a big lad. And you know you are fortunate you didn’t do him more harm than just the punch.”

Greening was sent to a young offenders’ institution for 56 weeks.

Thomas was locked up for 57 weeks.