THREE teenagers from Hayes who were behind a violent street robbery have been given detention sentences.

Their victim was stabbed in the face and badly beaten as his iPhone 4 mobile phone was stolen, a court was told.

Prince Umoh and Hamse Digale, both 19, and Mahad Nuur, 18, targeted their victim in Hounslow on the night of September 11 last year, Isleworth Crown Court heard.

Earlier that evening, another man had been threatened with a large kitchen knife in the town and his phone and cash taken by three men in a similar attack.

The incidents were linked by Hounslow police. Officers viewed CCTV footage, saw the three boarding a bus after the second mugging and they were eventually arrested.

They appeared for sentence on Tuesday last week, following a four-day hearing at the court.

On March 11, the first day of the trial, Umoh, of Waltham Avenue, had admitted being involved in both robberies, after DNA linked him to the second offence.

Digale, of St Anselm’s Road, Hayes, and Nuur, of Denbigh Drive, Hayes, denied a single charge in relation to the second mugging, but were convicted.

Umoh was given three years and nine months detention, and Digale and Nuur – who was 17 at the time of the attack – each got three-and-a-half years.

Detective Constable Sunny Banerjee of Hounslow police led the investigation. He said after the sentencing: “I hope that the verdict and sentences provide some closure to the victims of these violent offences.”