Judges rule shod feet are weapons

Shod feet count as weapons when used to kick defenceless victims, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Three judges said a community service sentence for Arshad Hussain, 19, of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, had been unduly lenient as they sentenced him to two years' detention instead.

He and two others had kicked and punched a man to steal his laptop. Lady Justice Hallett said: "Such offences can kill, blind or permanently disable. A shod foot does count as a weapon."

Hussain admitted robbery at Aylesbury Crown Court in June.