Buckfast yob stole boy’s £300 iPhone

Campbell stole an iPhone. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Campbell stole an iPhone. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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A YOB on a bike went on a three-bottle Buckfast binge before he robbed a teenager of a £300 iPhone.

David Campbell, 28, accosted the 13-year-old youngster in an underpass and cycled round him a few times demanding that he hand over his mobile phone.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard he threw the empty Buckfast bottle away then snatched the iPhone from the terrified youngster’s grasp before cycling off.

Prosecutor Catherine Knowles said the boy at first gave chase but Campbell eventually escaped.

When the theft was reported to the police the fiscal said officers took swabs from the empty tonic wine bottle to gather a DNA sample.

But the forensic evidence wasn’t needed because Campbell tried to sell the phone to someone who knew the victim for just £60.

Campbell, of Broompark Gardens, East Calder, earlier pleaded guilty to robbing the youngster in nearby Livingston on June 14.

And today he was ordered to pay £300 compensation to the boy. He was also electronically tagged and out under social work supervision.