World Youngest Criminal Jailed after Matchete Raid

World Youngest Criminal Jailed after Matchete Raid

A NOTORIOUS criminal who racked up nearly 200 criminal offences and was the youngest person to get an ASBO has been jailed for his part in a machete raid.
Robert White, now 29, received national infamy when he was handed an anti-social behaviour order at the age of just 12.

The pint-sized yob made a mockery of the order, committing 186 offences, including burglary and car theft, within three years.

He graduated into adult crime and has now been locked up for storming a house with an axe and a machete, beating up its residents and stealing a car – while on bail.

The judge who put him behind bars for six years and four months said it was an extremely serious offence and describe White as carrying out his attack “mob handed”.

White with his Mother in 2002


White now 29 years old


His Honour Judge James Patrick said at Bristol Crown Court: “This offence involved significant planning and it was a prolonged incident.

“The complainant lost two teeth, which is, in my judgement, serious harm.”
White and three other men stormed a house and attacked two men on April 22, last year.

Prosecutor Julian Howells said: “It seemed that all bar one had their faces to some extent covered by some sort of clothing.

“They were shouting variously and collectively. The one without their face covered was waving around the large machete.

“One hit Mr Islam in the mouth and then he was punched by all of them at different times, and they continued to shout to the same effect, to give them everything.

“One of Mr Islam’s friends was punched as well.

“One of the men with his face covered took Mr Islam’s car keys and £30 in cash, and a few minutes after they left, Mr Islam also realised his iPhone was gone.”
Investigators found a top with White’s DNA on it at the scene, and officers found him nearby using a phone stolen in the raid, the court heard.

White, of Weston-Super-Mare, received an ASBO in 1999, a year after they are first introduced.

He was denied his right to anonymity and had his ASBO extended three years later, by which point he had committed 186 offences, including shining a laser beam at a bus driver’s eye, spitting at film-goers and throwing fireworks at cars.

He was finally sentenced to a year at a young offenders’ institution aged 15 for his 16th conviction – a string of burglaries and car thefts.

Then in 2008, aged 21, he was jailed for more than four years for threatening a shopkeeper with a machete.

The court heard he used the weapon, while an accomplice stole cash, to fund a heroin addiction.
White, whose address in court was given as HM Prison Portland, in Dorset, pleading guilty to his latest charge of robbery.

Christopher Smyth, defending, said: “He was not holding the machete and he did not drive the vehicle.

“He remains the only one of four people in the dock to face the music for this.”

ASBOs were scrapped last year after criticism they didn’t work and had become a badge of honour.

Robert Heneghan, who was branded “the imp of Satan”, took White’s title as the youngest recipient of an ASBO when he given one in 2004 aged 10.

Almost 10 years later, Heneghan was been found guilty of murdering his friend at a house party

Express Mail

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