Jessie Ryan Lovett-Willcocks encouraged a 16-year-old to kick harder as they beat up a homeless man and stole $100 from him.
Jessie Ryan Lovett-Willcocks encouraged a 16-year-old to kick harder as they beat up a homeless man and stole $100 from him.

Thug tells to ‘kick harder’ as they bashed homeless man

A HOMELESS man encouraged a 16-year-old to kick harder as they beat up another homeless man and stole $100 from him.

Jessie Ryan Lovett-Willcocks pleaded guilty in the Southport District Court yesterday to robbery while armed and in company.

Judge Katherine McGinness sentenced him to three and a half years prison with parole eligibility on March 11 next year.

Lovett-Willcocks has spent nine and a half months in custody.

"Not only was it in company but some of the personal violence used was gratuitous and occurred over a period of time," Judge McGinness said.

"It is very fortunate that the physical injuries were not more severe.

Jessie Ryan Lovett-Willcocks pleaded guilty in the Southport District Court yesterday to robbery while armed and in company. FILE PHOTO
Jessie Ryan Lovett-Willcocks pleaded guilty in the Southport District Court yesterday to robbery while armed and in company. FILE PHOTO

The court was told Lovett-Willcocks was 20 and homeless when his girlfriend introduced him to a 42-year-old homeless man in Coolangatta.

Willcocks-Lovett, his girlfriend and a few friends were in a park drinking with the man on June 16, 2018 when Lovett-Willcocks accused the man of insulting his girlfriend.

There was an argument and Lovett-Willcocks and his group left.

They returned soon after and Lovett-Willcocks accused the man of trying to "get in his girlfriend's pants".

That was when Lovett-Willcocks and his group, pounced, kicking and punching the man to the throat, head, chest and stomach.

The court was told Lovett said to a 16-year-old: "Kick harder".

The teenager did.

Lovett-Willcocks then took two $50 notes from Willcocks and the group ran away.

Passers-by saw the incident and called police and paramedics.

Originally published as Man tells 16yo to 'kick harder' in homless bashing


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