Normanton robber jailed for ‘violent’ attack on Kinsley teenager

A Normanton man who knocked a teenager unconscious before robbing him has been jailed for two and a half years.

Thursday, 2nd October 2014, 12:01 pm

Kristaps Karols, of Hanson Avenue, was on the platform at Sandal and Agbrigg Railway Station with a gang of other men when he punched the 19-year-old in the face and stole his bag and mobile phone.

He then fled the scene.

The attack took place at around 8.30pm on Saturday, 31 August, 2013.

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Karols, 22, was caught following an investigation and an appeal by British Transport Police.

He pleaded guilty to robbery at Leeds Crown Court on September 30, and was jailed for 30 months. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120.

Detective Constable Penny Halliwell, who led the investigation, said; “The victim was left concussed, disorientated and extremely shaken following the assault and had to spend the night in Pinderfields Hospital.

“Karols’ behaviour was violent, unprovoked and cowardly. He attacked and robbed a young man who was simply waiting to catch a train, knocking him unconscious before stealing his belongings and running away.”