Trumpington man punched 8-year-old boy and stole his bike in Cambridge
A Trumpington man asked an eight-year-old boy to speak to a drug dealer before punching him and taking his bike.
Aaron Muxlow, 29, of Padget Close, was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on Monday (August 19) after pleading guilty to theft of a bicycle and common assault.
The court heard that Muxlow approached the boy, who was riding close to where he lived in the Trumpington area, on August 20, 2018.
He asked him to tell a man around the corner on his behalf that he would “pay him in a sec”.
The boy did this, and rode away, but Muxlow shouted for him to come back, then chased after him. He punched him in the side, causing him to fall off and then rode off on the bike.
The victim’s mother managed to get the bike back later that day.
Muxlow was later arrested by police.
At the Crown court, he was handed an eight-month sentence, suspended for 24 months, given a five-year restraining order preventing him from contacting his victim and ordered to wear an electronic tag.
Det Con Ciaron Hickey, who investigated the case, said: “This was an unprovoked attack on an innocent child who was enjoying playing outside near his home and should have been safe.
“I am glad we have managed to put Muxlow before the courts and secure a restraining order so he can no longer interact with the victim or his family.”