Teen, 18, jailed over ‘flick knife’

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A TEENAGER has been locked up after admitting stealing a bike from outside a college and possessing an offensive weapon.

Dwayne Ryan was sentenced to eight weeks in prison after pleading guilty to taking a £400 bike from outside Hartlepool College of Further Education.

He appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court via videolink as he had been recalled to prison following a previous offence.

Later that day, Ryan, 18, also tried to steal another bike, worth £249.

Prosecuting, Helen Kesterton said Ryan acted as a “look-out” while his co-accused chose an unsecure bike outside the college.

The co-accused rode off, with Ryan following, she said.

Ms Kesterton added that later that day, on February 8, the pair were seen by a member of the public trying to steal a second bike using bolt croppers.

Ryan was arrested a short distance away and told police he intended to use the bike to get home, as well as admitting using the bolt croppers to cut through two locks.

The court heard that on February 20, Ryan was seen with the same male, who was wanted by the police.

“The defendant was seen by the police to place his hand in his trouser pocket and take out a lock knife and throw it away onto a grassed area nearby,” said Ms Kesterton.

Ryan was arrested and admitted being in possession of a “flick knife”.

As well as the attempted theft and theft of the bikes, Ryan admitted being in possession of an offensive weapon.

Jem Barber, Ryan’s probation officer, said: “It’s apparent from his previous convictions, which are numerous, he has struggled through adolescence.

“He first came before the court at 13 and has struggled with decision-making.”

He said Ryan saw his co-accused as an “ally” as he “hasn’t got too many friends but a lot of enemies” and he had the weapon for protection.

John Relton, mitigating, said the knife had never been used at any point, although he had been recalled to prison for the knife offence.

He added that Ryan had the support of his mother and grandmother.

Kate Brown, chairman of the magistrates’ bench, sentenced Ryan to eight weeks in prison for the knife offence and a 12-month conditional discharge for the other offences.

Ryan’s co-accused, Callum James Horsley, 20, of Penrith Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing, to two counts of theft and one of attempted theft and was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 200-hours unpaid work and made to pay compensation.