THREE teenage thugs jailed for stabbing a man in the face during a vicious street robbery have had their sentences radically increased.
Prince Umoh, Hamse Digale and Mahud Nuur battered their victim and attacked him with a blade in Martindale Road, Hounslow, as they snatched his phone on September 11 last year.
Digale and Nuur, both from Hayes, were convicted of robbery and, at Isleworth Crown Court in April, sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars.
Umonh, also from Hayes, admitted two counts of robbery and was jailed for three years and nine months.
But judges at London's Court of Appeal this Monday (June 24) upheld a bid by attorney general Dominic Grieve QC to up the muggers' sentences - increasing Umoh's to six-and-a-half years and Digale and Nuur's to five-and-a-half.
Lady Justice Rafferty, sitting with Mr Justice Kenneth Parker and Judge William Davis QC, described the trio's sentences as 'unduly lenient'.
Umoh, 19, of Waltham Avenue, Digale, 19, of St Anselm's Road, and Nuur, 18, of Denbigh Drive, were caught after police found CCTV footage of them boarding a bus shortly after the mugging.
Officers then used DNA evidence to link Umoh to a similar knife-point robbery earlier that evening, in Burns Way, a short walk from the later attack.