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Two men jailed for knifepoint robbery of Newcastle fresher

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Two men are behind bars after forcing a fresher to hand over his phone at knifepoint in Newcastle.

Morgan Faulkner, a first student at Northumbria University, was walking home at 3am on November 13 when two men approached him, asking if he wanted to buy drugs.

After telling them no, Milan Katrinak and Marek Miko blocked Faulkners path, Newcastle Crown court heard.

Miko pulled out a knife while Katrinak threatened the student.

Faulkner was forced to unlock his iPhone and hand it over and then marched to an ATM to withdraw £200.

The defendents then took the bank card and stole another £80 from the account.

After the 20-minute attack, Faulkner was told to one in one direction, while the defendants left in another.

Prosecuting, Paul Currer said the fresher was shaken and in a victim impact statement Faulkner said: "I have only ever been here on a day trip before and never thought I would be in danger. But now I’m so much more wary about everything."

Katrinak, 19, from Teeside and Miko, 17 of Gerald Street, Benwell, pleaded guilty to robbery, reports the Newcastle Chronicle.

In mitigation Katrinak was said to have been going through family difficulties and "went off the rails".

Defending Miko, Sarah Mallet said Miko had only produced the knife and Katrinak had threatened the victim.

Katrinak admitted an additional charge of GBH from December 2014, and was given a three and a half years jail sentence for both crimes.

Miko was jailed for two years.

Judge Rippon, in sentencing the pair, said "it matters not who carried the knife. This is joint enterprise robbery with a knife.

"People who take knives into city centres and rob members of the public going about their business will only ever find themselves sent to one kind of sentence."




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