Two thugs have been jailed for the robbery of a vulnerable man following a night out.
Hartlepool man Josh Scholick, 23 and accomplice Jake Smith, 18, attacked a vulnerable man late at night on Stockton High Street.
Prosecutor at Teesside Crown Court, Jonnie Walker said Scholick punched the man, knocking him to the ground, and then Smith helped him up before punching him and three times and taking his mobile phone.
The court heard the incident happened when the victim was drunk and lost and he met the pair and another man in Stockton town centre. He paid for them all to travel by taxi to Middlesbrough before they walked back to Stockton.
Mr Walker added: “It would have been abundantly clear that the man was disorientated, had lost his friends and was drunk.
“It was a sustained incident which developed into a robbery.”
Andrew Teate, defending Scholick, said that he had been in custody since November awaiting sentence after breaching a 12-month suspended sentence and activity requirement.
Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC told Scholick: “You may not have realised the full extent but he was vulnerable.”
Scholick, of Wynyard Road, Hartlepool, was jailed for 18 months after he pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm assault.
Smith, of The Crescent, Middlesbrough, was jailed for four years and nine months and also disqualified from driving for three years after he pleaded guilty to theft, robbery, burglary and aggravated vehicle taking on March 19.