British study: robbers enjoy violence
The Daily Mail reports on a study of convicted British robbers... 36% of whom had been arrested more than fifty times...
"Robbers increasingly carry out their vicious attacks for 'kicks' and street credibility rather than cash, a chilling study reveals.
The research, based on interviews with 120 sentenced criminals, said many simply had a desire for brutal violence rather than financial gain. ...
"It's for the fun. 'Cos the point of street robbery is to get them to fight back, innit? I'd give him a couple of slaps and tell him to fight back," said one criminal. "If he won't fight back, we just give him a kick and go."
Sometimes, theft was only an afterthought, with the crime being prompted by "anger and the desire to start a fight", the report says.
"I picked a fight with someone on the street. They were the first people I come across," said one thug. "I started hitting one of them and calling him names and said, 'What are you looking at?' and stuff like that. Then I can't remember how, but I started hitting him and then I just jumped on him. Punched him, turned him over, went through his pockets."