A factory worker says he has been left with post-traumatic stress disorder after two teenage thugs hit him over the head with a rock before robbing him of just 35p and a crate of beer.
Mark Coats, 45, said he no longer feels safe walking alone at night almost a year on from the attack.
On Tuesday his two attackers – who cannot be named due to their age – were told they could be facing jail for the senseless robbery near the Tesco store on South Road on November 26 last year.
Mark was walking home from the shop when the two boys aged just 15 and 16 smacked him over the head with a brick and robbed him of loose change, his rucksack and an 18-bottle crate of Bud Light.
Speaking after the thugs were convicted of robbery, Mark said the incident had left him a changed man.
The Michelin factory worker said: “It’s ruined my life. I used to walk everywhere with my headphones in but now I can’t go out after dark. I don’t like to use ATMs any more unless my sons or wife are with me in case someone is behind me.
“Since the attack I’ve had anxiety, been on anti-depressants and received counselling.
“I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder but I didn’t take any time off work, although I was told it might be a good idea.
“This time last year I just had a normal life but now I don’t like walking to the shops after dark.”
The boys, now aged 16 and 17, faced a single charge of robbery.
The 16-year-old admitted the charge at a pre-trial hearing while the 17-year-old was found unanimously guilty by a jury who deliberated for just half an hour at Dundee Sheriff Court.
Sheriff Alastair Brown said: “It is obviously serious and absolutely unacceptable that someone should have gone to Tesco to do a perfectly normal shopping trip and is followed and hit with a rock.”
Drill rap was ‘inspiration’ for robbery
The thugs who attacked Mark had been “inspired” by violent “drill” rap music, the court heard.
The younger attacker’s Facebook page is littered with images of drill artists, including Brixton rappers Skengdo and AM.
Their lyrics reference murder, Rambo knives, guns and drug taking.
The court was told that the boy – who wept in the dock after giving evidence – had spent an afternoon playing video games and listening to what a prosecutor described as “violent rap music”.
One of the boys later told police that the drill songs were the “inspiration” for the crime.
The thugs were caught after CCTV images of the pair were released – prompting one of the boy’s friends to tag him in a Facebook post.
Deferring sentence, Sheriff Brown said: “Had they been over the age of 21 I’d have been revoking bail and remanding them in custody and looking at a sentence running to a number of years.
“The age of the two boys introduces a whole knew dimension and the law says I don’t deal with people who are still children in the same way in which I deal with adults.”
Mark said: “I think if they can attack an adult, they should be sentenced like an adult.”