Darren Huckerby ‘injured’ after 18-year-old son Ben convicted of robbery
Former Premier League striker Darren Huckerby said he was “incredibly disappointed and hurt” after his teenage son Ben was convicted of robbery.
The former Norwich City star has expressed shock at Ben’s actions and said he was “devastated” for his victims.
Ben, 18, was ‘caught reading’ with a stolen Apple watch and necklace after threatening other teenagers in Norwich’s Castle Gardens area on January 12 with two accomplices.
Huckerby, Levi Licorish, 18, and Lucas Philpott, 19, have all pleaded guilty to robbery.
He was sentenced to three years at a young offenders institute, while Licorish was sentenced to two years and nine months and Philpott to 15 months.
In a statement, Huckerby spoke of his son’s conviction saying, “We made Norwich our home because we fell in love with the city, the county and the people when we arrived in 2003.
“So as a family we are incredibly disappointed and hurt by Ben’s actions, which go against everything we stand for.
“We were shocked to learn about the choices he made. Our hearts go out to those involved in this matter; we are devastated that their lives have been affected in this way.
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“We haven’t been able to say that until now, to allow the legal process to come to an end.
“We accept the outcome of this legal process. Ben will now have to serve his sentence and take responsibility for his actions, after which his family will support him to become the young man we hoped he will become.”
Huckerby is best known for his time in the Canaries, but had notable episodes with Coventry City, Leeds United and Manchester City, before ending his career in America with the San Jose earthquakes.
The 44-year-old later became an academy coach for Norwich, but stepped down in 2017 and has since taken on an ambassadorial role.