AN UNEMPLOYED man robbed teens as he felt they were easy targets, a district court heard yesterday.
Mohamed Faizal Manokhor Ali, 35, who pleaded guilty to three charges of robbery, drug consumption and failing to present himself for a urine test, was given 10 years' jail and 12 strokes of the cane.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Houston Johannus said Faizal was loitering near a block of flats in Jurong West Central 1 on April 11 when he saw a 15-year-old boy and decided to rob him.
Armed with a knife, he followed the victim into a lift. Once the door closed, he pointed a knife at the victim, demanding he hand over his mobile phone and money. The youngster gave his iPhone worth $988, a wallet worth $18, a student EzLink card, coins totalling $5 and other cards to him.
Faizal fled and later sold the phone for $40 to buy drugs. Mr Johannus said Faizal admitted he had targeted school-going kids as they were more compliant than adults or the elderly.
None of the items which he had robbed from three other victims - which were taken into consideration - was recovered.
Faizal, who was given five years' jail for drug use in 2009, admitted taking heroin about a day before his arrest near Block 208 Boon Lay Place on April 15.
Highlighting aggravating factors, Mr Johannus said Faizal had armed himself with a knife and targeted teens.
He committed the offences in the middle of residential estates in broad daylight.
He urged District Judge Jasvender Kaur to order the sentences for drug use and robbery to run consecutively, and the Judge did. Faizal was given the minimum three years and six strokes for robbery and the minimum seven years and six strokes for taking morphine, adding up to 10 years.