Jail for two Northamptonshire teens who went on ‘terrorising’ spree in town

Jack Devine, of Rye Hill, and Bryn Rhys-Jones, of Kings Heath, were both jailed for robbery and wounding offences
Jack Devine, of Rye Hill, and Bryn Rhys-Jones, of Kings Heath, were both jailed for robbery and wounding offences

Two Northampton teenagers who between them robbed two youngsters, attempted to raid a Co-op and wounded a young man over the course of an evening, have been given lengthy prison sentences.

Jack Devine, aged 19, of Chadwick Gardens, Rye Hill, and Bryn Rhys-Jones, aged 18, of South Oval, Kings Heath, were both involved in robbing two 16-year-olds and taking their mobile phones at The Racecourse in July 13 last year.

Together with a third accomplice, Dayna Mabbutt, aged 19, of Wimbledon Street, St James, they then went on to severely beat a man near the Hope Centre after midnight. They had promised to sell him an iPad, but left him with severe lacerations to his body.

Earlier that day, Devine had also attempted to hold up a Kingsthorpe Co-op with a knife, but failed when a worker pressed an alarm button.

At Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday, Devine was given a six-and-a-half year prison sentence for three offences, while Rhys-jones was given a four-year sentence.

Mabbutt however, who was also sentenced for her role in a burglary in March last year, when she and a partner took a litter of Staffordshire bull terrier puppies, avoided jail, as she had managed to beat her alcohol and drug habits since her arrest.

She was given a two-year community order instead.

Sentencing them, Recorder Christopher Tickle said: “You were three youngsters going round terrorising unfortunate victims.”

The recorder said Devine, who brandished a knife in two of the incidents, posed a ‘serious risk to members of the public’.

Defending for him, William Falshaw said Devine had shown remorse and ‘felt sorry’ for the man he wounded by the Hope Centre.

For Rhys-Jones, Matthew Kirk said his client had played a ‘lesser role’ in the robbery and wounding incidents.