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Teen found guilty of robbery
A TEENAGER has been found guilty of robbing a 15-year-old runner.
Tony Nichols, of Valentia Road, Headington, pictured right, was one of a trio of young men who approached the victim in Headington Hill on June 1 last year.
At Oxford Crown Court yesterday, Nichols, right, was unanimously found guilty of robbery by a jury after a two-day trial.
The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he had been jogging in the park after 11pm when 18-year-old Nichols grabbed his right shoulder from behind.
Another teenager, Callum Ochiela, then took the now 16-year-old’s Blackberry Bold mobile phone and cycled away.
In a statement to police last June, Nichols said he knew the victim and grabbed him in a “friendly manner”.
He said: “I said “hi” to [him] as I knew him and we greeted each other and someone else asked if he could borrow his phone.
“I saw it being passed over and I was walking away. The person with the phone cycled away and I said “give it back to him” because he was a nice guy.”
The victim said he had never met Nichols before.
Nichols’ co-defendant Sean Robins, also 18, of Derwent Avenue, Headington, was found not guilty. It was alleged that he slapped the victim.
Ochiela, 19, pleaded guilty to robbery at an earlier hearing and will be sentenced alongside Nichols on October 3.
Nichols has three previous convictions for theft, two of which were when he was 13, and another in 2009.
Recorder Nicholas Cole said he was considering “all sentencing options” after a pre-sentence report will be produced.
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