Two hammer-wielding teenage thugs left a total of three men seriously injured, including a Firefighter, after a series of cowardly “vicious and predatory” street robberies.
Kobee L’Anson was 17-years-old when he led 18-year-old Brandon Gilchirst on three separate robberies over three days.
The cowardly duo picked out their targets before striking them over the head with a hammer after approaching their victims from behind.
One of the victims, a Firefighter with Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, suffered a fractured skull and other injuries after being attacked from behind by the pair.
Another victim was a student who was knocked unconscious and could not complete his degree or attend his grandfathers funeral following the cold-hearted attack.
The third victim was left with a permanent scar and now suffers from occasional sight loss.
L’Anson was seen to smirk in the dock of Hull Crown Court during the proceedings. He already has 68 offences on his record and showed no remorse in court.
L’Anson showed no remorse, ‘only self pity’, and has over 60 previous convictions
Gilchirst, who is the grandson of a police officer, was described in court as a “willing and enthusiastic participant”.
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer, Chloe Hudson, said that the first victim was a serving firefighter who was attacked in Fairfax Avenue, west Hull, after leaving a local pub at 12.40am on February 15.
The two cowardly thugs “muttered” as they “brushed past him”, and the brave firefighter then felt a hard blow to the rear of his head that was so forceful, it brought him immediately to his knees and then into the foetal position on the floor.
While on the ground and bleeding, the cowards stole his belongings before running off and leaving the firefighter in his own pool of blood.
The firefighter managed to make it home to his partner, who is a nurse before she rang 999.
The firefighter was kept in hospital for three days and was treated for a fractured skull, fractured ribs and bruising to his body and legs.
He said in a victim statement that when he got home, his young daughter was “terrified and too scared to come out of her room”.
The firefighter was off active service for a total of eight weeks, and when he returned back to work, the DVLA had downgraded his driving licence as a result of his head injury.
This means that the firefighter will no longer be able to drive fire engines to emergency calls.
Reading his emotional and heartfelt statement to the court, he scowled at the two cowards and said, attacking him from behind showed “total cowardice”.
The Chief Fire Officer of Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, Chris Blacksell said in a tweet:
“Attacking people from behind with a hammer! Cowards! One of the victims was a @HumbersideFire Firefighter who suffered a fractured skull, fractured ribs, cuts to his head, and bruising. Appalling’.
Gilchrist is the grandson of a police officer
The second victim was hit over the head with a hammer by L’Anson after being asked for a lighter.
The pair stole £10 from him, before running away.
He said in a statement:
“Anyone could see I had been drinking and therefore was an easy target. I wasn’t just assaulted, which is bad enough; I was beaten with a hammer.”
The third victim was also knocked unconscious and suffered a broken jaw and nose. He also needed ten stitches to a cheek wound.
Because of the documents which were stolen from him, he was not able to return to the US for his grandfathers funeral.
Stephen Robinson, for I’Anson, referred to a pre-sentence report and said:
“Mr I’Anson appears to be fully entrenched in a criminal lifestyle.
“He’s sorry that he’s in this position, but that is, I concede, mainly self-pity.
“He does regret what’s happened, but mainly because of the effect on him.”
Charlotte Baines, for Gilchrist, said the offences were out of character, and:
“Ordinarily he’s a young man who is hard-working and capable of holding down a job.” In a pre-sentence report, Gilchrist said he was “disgusted” with himself and “really sorry”.
Sentencing the pair, Recorder Harris told them:
“Both are going to receive significant custodial sentences. In I’Anson’s case, I have determined and assessed he is in the dangerous category.
“The various joint attacks spanned a three-day, vicious and predatory crime spree towards the end of February. These were joint attacks by both of you in the early hours on harmless and vulnerable individuals doing nothing more than enjoying themselves.
“You were armed. You attacked and remorselessly robbed these men. You had no concern for their wellbeing, and it isn’t difficult to imagine more serious and catastrophic consequences.”
I’Anson was jailed for eight years and Gilchrist for six years and eight months.
I’Anson must serve at least two-thirds of the eight years before being considered for parole and has an extended licence period of five years as a dangerous offender.