Pair who stole from drug dealer ordered to do unpaid work

Teesside Crown Court.

Teesside Crown Court.

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Two men who robbed a drug dealer of hundreds of pounds will be doing unpaid work for the next year.

They went to a house to buy cannabis and they snatched the woman’s purse.

Billingham man William Cowley, 21, and Taylor Sterling-Sharp, 22, who had been to the house before to buy cannabis, said it was a spur of the moment crime.

Alex Bousfield, defending at Teesside Crown Court, said Sterling-Sharp had the potential to lead a productive life.

Gary Wood, for Cowley, said he was an ex-soldier who had been working as a pizza delivery driver before both men were placed on a tagged curfew as a condition of bail.

Cowley, of Quemby Road, and Sterling-Sharp of Gladstone Street, Stockton, were both sentenced to 20 months jail suspended for two years with 200 hours unpaid work after they pleaded guilty to robbery. Sterling-Sharp was ordered to do rehabilitation activity for 25 days and Cowley for 10 days, and they were also ordered to pay £300 compensation.