Thug jailed after street attack on schoolboy
A THUG who kicked and punched a schoolboy to the ground before stealing his shopping money has been jailed for more than four years.
Paul Orwin (20) had to be told to stop the attack on his 15-year-old victim amid fears he was about to kill him.
BEHIND BARS: Paul Orwin, who set on a schoolboy in an alleyway.
Orwin, of Davy Avenue, Scunthorpe, carried out the alleyway attack on the teenager near Wakefield bus station on December 8 last year.
Robin Reid, prosecuting, told the court the youngster had gone into Wakefield Christmas shopping with his brother.
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He met a group of other young men who he knew and got separated from his brother.
While walking down an alleyway near Brook Street, one member of the group grabbed £50 from his pocket.
The victim tried to hold on to his cash and was threatened.
He told them: "I would rather be beaten up than give you my money."
He was then knocked to the ground and attacked before a member of the group said: "You had better stop or you will kill him."
CCTV showed a group leaving the alleyway shortly after the attack.
Orwin was arrested later the same day but denied any involvement.
But three months later he made a full admission while on remand for an offence of burglary.
Orwin told officers who visited him in Doncaster prison that he wanted to 'wipe the slate clean'.
Orwin said he had been drunk on the day of the incident after stealing miniature bottles of spirits from BHS and had decided to rob someone.
Orwin pleaded guilty to robbery and burglary.
Leeds Crown Court also heard Orwin was a prolific house burglar.
On March 13 this year he was seen climbing 'crab-like' from balcony to balcony at a block of flats near Wakefield city centre.
A member of the public spotted him breaking into a flat and called the police.
Officers smashed down the door to find the flat ransacked and Orwin hiding inside.
John Wilkinson, for Orwin, said a report into his offending showed he had gone through the care system, had not complied with community orders and accepted that a lengthy prison sentence was inevitable.
Mr Wilkinson said the robbery victim had only suffered cuts and grazes to his hands and that Orwin knew the owner of the flat that he burgled and that it was empty at the time.
Jailing him for four-and-a-half years, recorder of Leeds Peter Collier said a minimum sentence of three years had to be fixed as it was his third offence of domestic burglary.
He told him: "You have a depressingly entrenched pro-criminal attitude.
"You have a lack of any remorse for your behaviour and refuse to engage with those offering support."