Boy, 13, admits attempted knifepoint robbery after telling elderly couple out …

A 13-year-old boy has admitted attempting to rob an elderly couple at knifepoint while they were out for their weekly seaside stroll.

Bridgend Youth Court heard on Wednesday that the pair were so stunned when the boy confronted them on Porthcawl seafront on Sunday and demanded money, that they initially thought it was a joke.

Nia James, prosecuting, also said that one of the couple, who are in their 70s, described their would-be attacker as “looking about 10 years of age”.

The teenager, who cannot legally be identified, also admitted attempting to snatch a handbag from a woman in Porthcawl.

Ms James told the court that last Friday, Rachel Jones, 60, was walking along Mary Street, Porthcawl, at around 4.30pm with her handbag tucked under her arm.

“The defendant comes up to her and basically starts tugging at that handbag,” said Ms James.

“She accuses him of trying to rob her. He became aggressive and abusive towards her, standing face to face.”

Ms James said that on Sunday, the elderly couple were walking along the Eastern Promenade as they do every week, when they were confronted by the defendant at lunchtime.

“He has a knife in his right hand and he holds it up and says in a calm voice, ‘Give me your money’,” she told the court.

Ms James added the phrase was repeated until victim William McCarthy threatened to “get him by the scruff of his neck and take him to the police station”, at which point the defendant ran off.

The court heard he was arrested on the rocks near the promenade and a knife was found nearby.

The teenager also admitted a charge of possessing a knife.

The case has been adjourned for sentencing and the defendant released on conditional bail.

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