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North City News: Alibi pal in court for lying; SMITH'S WOOD.

A MAN who covered for a friend over a late-night robbery is facing a jail sentence.

Martin Wayne Job, 19, of Guernsey Drive, Smith's Wood, told police Michael Burbidge was with him when the robbery happened in nearby Shetland Walk last August.

But Burbidge later admitted his part in the crime, leaving Job to plead guilty to perverting the course of justice at Warwick Crown Court.

His case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and he was granted bail.

But Judge Richard Cole warned him: "It does not mean to say you will be dealt with in a non-custodial way."

For his part in the robbery, Burbidge, 18, also of Guernsey Drive, was given a community order with 12 months supervision, ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work and pay pounds 300 costs.

The court heard that 'in a moment of madness' he had joined in the robbery of another young man who was walking home along Shetland Walk at around midnight.

The victim noticed a group of about five youths, and when he then glanced back he saw Burbidge, who he recognised, and another of the group behind him.

And as he was sending a text on his phone, he felt the other youth push him from behind.

Burbidge, who had no previous convictions, then ripped his phone from his hand and ran off with it.

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