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Man who tried to mug Burnley schoolgirl is freed

Lancashire Telegraph: Man who tried to mug Burnley schoolgirl is freed Man who tried to mug Burnley schoolgirl is freed

A CONVICTED robber who tried to mug a frightened Burnley schoolgirl – because he had blown his benefits at the bookies – has won his freedom.

The town's crown court heard how Travis Wainferns, then living at a hostel in Padiham, had attempted to grab the 13-year-old victim's iPhone as she sat between a bin and telephone box in broad daylight on Padiham Road.

He was caught on CCTV trying to steal the phone on April 18. The defendant was left empty-handed after the plucky teenager hung on to the phone and refused his demands to hand it over, the court was told.

The victim made her way home and told her mother what had happened. She was unhurt but scared. Police watched the CCTV and went to the hostel, but the defendant denied the allegation when arrested and questioned.

Wainferns, 24, of no fixed address, has 18 offences on his record and has previously served 42 months for robbery, admitted attempted robbery.

The defendant, who has spent two months on remand, was told by Judge Simon Newell: “I am going to take what may well be one final chance.”

Wainferns received an intensive alternative to custody order. He was given 18 months supervision, a three-month curfew and must live at a hostel in Bolton for six months.

Judge Newell added: “If this doesn't work, then you will be going to prison for long sentences like the 42 months.”

Carolyn Smith, defending, said Wainferns was due to leave the hostel at the time and needed to find somewhere to live. He required a deposit for a property, but had gambled away his benefit money in a bookmaker’s.

She added: “He lost it all and on the way back to the hostel and he saw the complainant outside a shop with her phone in her hand. On the spur of the moment, he tried to take it, just thinking about the deposit.

“The defendant would say he hadn't appreciated how young the complainant was.”

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3:07pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Steven Seagull says...

Disgusting.

Judge Newell you are a fcuking disgrace. You are making Judge Lunt look good.

You should be ashamed of yourself.
Disgusting. Judge Newell you are a fcuking disgrace. You are making Judge Lunt look good. You should be ashamed of yourself. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 21

3:31pm Wed 18 Jun 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

ABSOLUTE JOKE I USED TO NBLOW MY BENEFITS ON BANDITS BUT ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS SMASH THE MACHINE IN NOT MUG A SCHOOLY.

ABSOLUTE JOKE OF A SENTENCE
ABSOLUTE JOKE I USED TO NBLOW MY BENEFITS ON BANDITS BUT ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS SMASH THE MACHINE IN NOT MUG A SCHOOLY. ABSOLUTE JOKE OF A SENTENCE BURNLEYITE40
  • Score: 15

6:13pm Wed 18 Jun 14

andy1 says...

Hope some one tw@ts him ahh but forgot there's one law for scum and another for ordinary folk.
Hope some one tw@ts him ahh but forgot there's one law for scum and another for ordinary folk. andy1
  • Score: 14

6:25pm Wed 18 Jun 14

phil kernot says...

Judge newell your just as bad as this nonce ,,,are you a member of the jimmy savile club ,,, you with your armed guards. Police escort to court there and back panic buttons in your house you don't live in the real world hope Somone drags you down and mugs ,you and one of your cronies lets the mugger off
Judge newell your just as bad as this nonce ,,,are you a member of the jimmy savile club ,,, you with your armed guards. Police escort to court there and back panic buttons in your house you don't live in the real world hope Somone drags you down and mugs ,you and one of your cronies lets the mugger off phil kernot
  • Score: 11

8:54pm Wed 18 Jun 14

zabby says...

Drug test the judge
Drug test the judge zabby
  • Score: 4

2:43pm Thu 19 Jun 14

DaveBurnley says...

It's amazing how out of touch these judges are, until you remember that they don't live like us. Their houses are well away from ours and they don't have to see these low life creatures every time they go out.
It's amazing how out of touch these judges are, until you remember that they don't live like us. Their houses are well away from ours and they don't have to see these low life creatures every time they go out. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 6

1:42pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Pendlesider says...

quote "Judge Newell added: “If this doesn't work, then you will be going to prison for long sentences like the 42 months.”
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what do you mean 'if'? Of course it's not going to work, just like it hasn't worked the other 17 times. How on earth do we allow these so-called 'judges' to sit on a bench and pass non-sentences for such low-lifes as this one? Judge Newell is a disgrace to his profession and I'm sure if all the commentors on here had a vote it would be Newell claiming benefits!
quote "Judge Newell added: “If this doesn't work, then you will be going to prison for long sentences like the 42 months.” . what do you mean 'if'? Of course it's not going to work, just like it hasn't worked the other 17 times. How on earth do we allow these so-called 'judges' to sit on a bench and pass non-sentences for such low-lifes as this one? Judge Newell is a disgrace to his profession and I'm sure if all the commentors on here had a vote it would be Newell claiming benefits! Pendlesider
  • Score: 0

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