Armsden-McClennon told the court he wanted to change his ways after he and his 17-year-old accomplice, who cannot be named because he is a juvenile, both admitted robbing two party guests at a flat in Saffron Lane on Friday November 9.Ah, that old chestnut.
Judge Hurst said that both teenagers had criminal records and despite all previous interventions from the youth court and allied services: "It didn't stop you committing these offences."
He told Armsden-McClennon: "It's said you regret it and are an angry young man who wants to change."But astoundingly, this didn't proceed a '...and so we'll let you off with a suspended sentence'!
Armsden-McClennon, whose criminal record was more serious than his co-accused, was sentenced to seven years detention in a young offender institution. The juvenile received a five-and-a-half year detention sentence.Whereupon he displayed exactly how sincere his 'wanting to change' schtick had been...
Armsden-McClennon suddenly erupted in fury, pointing at the judge and shouting: "I hope you die you piece of f****** s***."The judge took it with aplomb.
The judge said: "If you carry on you can have some more."/applause