Max Driffield had to have surgery and was forced to defer his course for a year after he was attacked by Joshua Symington, 17. Nottingham Crown Court heard Symington hit Mr Driffield twice after he refused to hand over his mobile phone on October 13 last year.
The attack happened in Green Lane, Clifton, when Mr Driffield, who was out with a friend, saw three youths coming towards them. One of them was Symington.
Jim Metcalf, prosecuting, said: “Symington approached the two students and demanded their mobile phones.”They said they didn’t have any but were told to empty their pockets. He repeated his demand that Max Driffield hand over his phone. He said no. This prompted Symington to punch him before rejoining the other two youths and cycling off.”
Mr Metcalf said Mr Driffield was left in considerable pain.”
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