By Jo Hutchison
A 44-YEAR-OLD mother rewarded her children with money after they had helped her to rob a drunken man outside his home.
The woman and her 14-year-old son rained punches on the victim before stealing his wallet and throwing it to her youngest son – who was only 13 – and telling him to run. The Royal Court heard yesterday that the 14-year-old brandished a two-foot-long piece of wood to aid their escape.
The 44-year-old mother, who admitted robbery, was sentenced to 240 hours’ community service – the equivalent of 18 months’ jail and was ordered to pay the victim £400 in compensation.
Her 14-year-old son was sentenced to 12 months’ probation. At a previous hearing in the Youth Court, the 13-year-old was bound over to be of good behaviour for three months.