Thieves jailed after 'shameful' mugging
A PAIR of muggers attacked a man with learning difficulties and robbed him for a chocolate bar and magazine.
Craig Fasoli and Kevin Stanley spotted Bernard Brown, 54, in Loughborough Road after he had visited a newsagents near Trent Bridge on Sunday, April 24 and began shouting at him.
Stanley, 41, kicked a football at Mr Brown and the pair grabbed his carrier bag, which contained a chocolate bar and magazine.
Fasoli, 20, then punched Mr Brown on his head, which broke his hearing aid and left him with a wound near his left ear.
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Fasoli and Stanley were both charged with robbery and pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court.
Judge John Milmo QC said: "The picture I get is of an unprovoked attack on someone who you knew was particularly vulnerable.
"It was a shameful attack on someone who couldn't adequately defend himself.
"The obvious vulnerability of the victim is a serious aggravating factor."
Stanley, of Wilford Crescent East, The Meadows, was jailed for 32 months.
Fasoli, also of Wilford Crescent East, was jailed for two years for the robbery. He was also given a concurrent eight-month prison sentence for carrying a glass bottle during the widespread disorder across Nottingham in August.
Fasoli was with Karl Pine, 20, when they were seen by police in St James Street running towards Maid Marion Way, at around 10.40pm on August 9, 2011.
They claimed they had been attacked in Old Market Square a few hours previously and had taken the glass bottles from a pub to defend themselves.
Fasoli and Pine both admitted carrying an offensive weapon. Judge Milmo said their behaviour was "idiotic" and that the consequences of the pair carrying the bottle would have been much more serious had it not have been for the actions of the police.