A machete-wielding thug who threatened to chop off singer Aled Jones’s arm in front of his teenage son unless he ‘f***ing* handed over his £17,000 Rolex watch was handed a two-year training and detention order.
The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attacked the Songs of Praise presenter as he walked with his son, Lucas, in Chiswick, west London, on July 7.
The 6ft teenager was captured on CCTV as he fled the scene with the Welsh baritone’s Rolex Daytona.
When he was arrested police found the weapon in his bedroom and he was also wearing the same black track suit top and bottom and black training shoes from the robbery.
Ealing Youth Court heard the teenager has been in the care of the local authority since the offences.
Mr Jones, 52, and his son were walking along Chiswick Road at around 5.30pm when they were confronted by the youth (pictured arriving at Classic FM studios in September)
Fearing for the safety of himself and his son, Mr Jones handed his Rolex Daytona watch over to the mugger (pictured wearing a luxury Bremont watch in 2016)
Prosecutor Vijay Khutten had said Mr Jones, 52, and his son were walking along Chiswick Road around 5.30pm when they were confronted by the youth.
Mr Khutten said the defendant produced the 50cm machete from his tracksuit bottoms and demanded the watch from the Walking in the Air singer, saying: ‘Give me your f****ing Rolex or I will cut your arm off’.
Fearing for the safety of himself and his son, Mr Jones handed his watch over to the mugger.
Police obtained ‘high quality’ CCTV footage of the robbery which showed the teenager shoving the machete back into his tracksuit bottoms before walking off.
Mr Jones and his son bravely followed the robber but when he spotted them he turned and snarled: ‘Walk the other way or I will cut your head off.’
The teenager also robbed a 78-year-old man of a gold Rolex worth £20,000 at Paddington station on 15 May 2023.
Mr Khutten argued he should be committed to Crown Court for sentencing where a judge would have greater powers.
Gero Di Piazza, defending, had said the 16-year-old had been forced to steal watches by adult members of a gang and he did not personally benefit from the crimes.
Magistrate Rex Da Rocha described the defendant’s record as ‘appalling’, but said that he was satisfied it was appropriate to sentence him at youth court.
He said: ‘The kind of knife you had on you, pointing that machete at an innocent person who had their child with them, in their face. I think that is totally unacceptable.’
Mr Jones and his wife Claire, who was not present when a machete-wielding thug accosted her husband. This picture, taken days later, shows the presenter wearing an Apple watch after his Rolex was taken
The Songs of Praise star, 52, was strolling around Chiswick in west London with his son Lucas, 18, when they were confronted (father and son pictured in Notting Hill earlier this year)
Mr Da Rocha said a two-year training and detention order was ‘the maximum this court is able to administer’.
The teenager, who arrived late to the hearing accompanied by his older brother, showed no emotion as he was sentenced.
He earlier admitted two counts of robbery and one of possession of a bladed weapon.
Mr Jones, from Bangor, North Wales became a star at 14 when his version of Walking in the Air, from Christmas classic The Snowman, reached No5 in 1985.
He was made an MBE in 2013 for services to music and broadcasting and charitable services and is now a regular presenter of Songs of Praise and hosts a morning radio show on Classic FM.
His daughter Emilia is a rising star in her own right appearing in the acclaimed film CODA and Netflix Series Locke & Key.
Jones was the latest victim of a spate of watch crimes in London over the last 18 months involving celebrities.
Two robbers who stole a £72,000 diamond-encrusted watch from former world boxing champion Amir Khan after he left a restaurant with his wife were jailed in July.