Teenage mugger jailed for spate of robberies

Ayed Ghaleb, jailed for three years over a spate of robberies.
Ayed Ghaleb, jailed for three years over a spate of robberies.

A ROBBER who mugged five young people - including a schoolboy aged just 10 - in the space of a week has been jailed for three years.

Ayed Ghaleb, aged 19, threatened the boy with a penknife. The terrified lad was warned if he told anyone about the mugging his mum would be murdered.

Ghaleb also punched and kicked a teenager on the ground before fleeing with his belongings, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

He told some of his victims they would be stabbed if they told anybody about the thefts, which the judge, Recorder Martin Simpson, called ‘classic muggings’.

“You chose to attack vulnerable people,” he said, adding the robberies were ‘persistent and premeditated’.

Ghaleb robbed the 10-year-old last September 20, as the boy walked home from school through Roe Wood in Fir Vale.

The youngster later told police he was approached by two Asian men who asked him for the time before patting down his pockets and ordering him to hand over his mobile phone.

Louise Gallagher, prosecuting, said: “One of the men lifted his trouser leg and showed him the tip of a penknife in his sock.

“They told him if he told anyone about what happened they would kill his mum.”

Four days later Ghaleb, along with his brother Ibrahim 16, targeted two 14-year-old boys in Busk Meadow.

Ibrahim pushed one of the schoolboys off his £210 trials bike, which he stole and has never been recovered.

Ayed later attacked 18-year-old Jacob Jenkinson-Graham on Roe Lane, Fir Vale, while he was out with pal James Horton, 17.

James had his rucksack stolen while Jacob was punched and kicked by Ghaleb ‘several times’, the court heard.

In interview, Ghaleb tried to blame his friend Ahmed Tala, 16. But Tala walked free from court after the prosecution offered no evidence on a charge of robbery.

The Ghaleb brothers, of Lyons Road, Pitsmoor, both admitted robbery. Ibrahim was sentenced to a youth rehabilitation order with 12 months’ supervision.