A 15-year-old schoolboy sentenced to 40 months in a Young Offenders' Institution for robbing a bank with an imitation firearm was described as a “model pupil” by his teachers.
The boy was handed into authorities by his mother two days after he made off with more than £2,000 by threatening staff with a fake gun at Barclay's Bank in Anfield, Liverpool.
His mother turned him in after discovering a stash of cash, stained with dye, and a fake firearm in his bedroom.
He told frightened cashiers to fill a bag with money, telling them: “Don’t do anything stupid. I have just got out of prison after five years.”
Sentencing the boy on Tuesday in Liverpool Crown Court, Judge Clement Goldstone QC told him: “However innocent you look now, as you sit in your smart suit, you did not look innocent when you held up bank staff at gunpoint and terrified them.
“It was your mother who bravely and in a remarkable display of public spirit decided to take you to the police station, despite you pleading with her not to.”
District Judge Ian Lomax said at a previous hearing the case was “bizarre” and “surreal”, adding that it was almost as the young man “was acting like a real-life video game”.
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