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Shot teen has mobile phone robbed from pocket by heartless thief

Jailed for theft: Curtis Connick
Jailed for theft: Curtis Connick

A thief who stole a mobile phone from the pocket of a teenager as he lay dying in the street has been jailed.

Curtis Connick, 31, took the handset minutes after Kevin Wilson, 17, had been shot in the back in Liverpool in February 2015.

He later disposed of it in a bin at the city's Lime Street station but it has never been found.

Merseyside Police said the defendant's "selfish actions" when he stumbled across the teenager had "severely hampered the entire investigation in the crucial early stages".

Kevin's murder - believed to have been a targeted attack - in Holmes Street, Toxteth, remains unsolved.

On Thursday, Connick, of Hawkins Street, Kensington, Liverpool, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court to three years and three months in prison.

He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to theft and perverting the course of justice.

Following sentencing, Detective Constable Emma Singelton said: "This was a despicable crime that has had a profound effect on Kevin Wilson's family.

"Connick showed no compassion towards Kevin as he lay injured and he left him there without assisting him.

"His selfish actions severely hampered the entire investigation in the crucial early stages.

"I hope that this sentence can help the family in their grieving process."