Man, 23, jailed after attempted pre-Christmas knifepoint laptop robbery

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A man has been jailed after he tried to rob another of his laptop at knifepoint out of jealousy.

Leeds Crown Court heard how Aaron Stephenson had been out with friends on the afternoon of December 18 before they returned to the home of one in Hastings Crescent, Airedale, Castleford.

Among those present later there was Nicholas Payne whom Mr Stephenson knew only as Nick.

When Mr Stephenson intended to leave, he asked for his phone back but Payne refused to return it. He then went outside to get some Christmas presents that had been left in his car and was followed by Payne.

Mr McLachlan said Payne had a kitchen knife with an eight-inch blade and after grabbing Mr Stephenson by his top put the knife to his neck shouting “give me your laptop or I’ll stab you.”

Mr Stephenson was able to run to a neighbouring property. Payne then fled but was later arrested.

Payne, 23 of Hastings Crescent, admitted attempted robbery, having an offensive weapon and theft of the phone. He was jailed for two and a half years.

Judge Tom Bayliss QC said he had given him credit for his quick plea showing remorse and that he was prepared to face up to his “wrongdoing” but to threaten someone with a knife was viewed seriously.