A set of Sydney twins who filmed themselves threatening a man at Helensburgh Railway Station before robbing him of his shoes have blamed a mix of alcohol and anger for their crime.
Riley and Leroy Hezemans bailed up the victim on the deserted station just before midnight, subjecting him to a humiliating ordeal in which Riley intimidates the victim into handing over his shoes, while Leroy films the encounter.
The video, played in court on Friday, shows the pair approach the victim as he stands on the southbound platform of the empty station, waiting for a train.
"I like your shoes, can I have them?" Riley says.
The victim laughs the request off, prompting Leroy to chime in: "f-k man give me those shoes...I will actually suck your d-k."
"Honestly I can't, my mum bought them for me," the victim replies, hoping the pair will lose interest in him.
However, Riley immediately responds by slapping the man in the face and standing over him, demanding he hand over his shoes.
There was no purpose [in robbing the victim]....I feel ashamed and embarrassed I'd do such a thing.
Meantime, Leroy, still filming, can be heard laughing and encouraging his brother, saying "get him bro".
The victim hands over one shoe but the slapping continues. He hands over the other and receives a further blow to the face for his effort.
The victim takes off down the platform while the Hezemans boys yell abuse.
The pair then heads in the opposite direction, laughing and making derogatory comments about the victim as the video continues to roll.
In the dying moments of the footage, Leroy films his brother turning to him and bragging about their score: "Yew bruz, free shoes" he says before the video ends.
The court heard the pair boarded a northbound train. They were intercepted by police at Sutherland and arrested.
Both men pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery in company, revealing in court on Friday that they had been victims of physical and verbal violence at the hands of their father for years.
When asked what would prompt them to subject someone else to intimidation and violence, both boys were at a loss to explain their behaviour, other than to say they'd been drinking to excess that night and it was a "stupid, spur-of-the-moment decision".
"There was no purpose [in robbing the victim]....I feel ashamed and embarrassed I'd do such a thing," Riley told the court.
Meanwhile, Leroy said he wanted to apologise to the victim.
"I'd tell him I'm sorry for the coward act I did that night," he said.
Lawyers for both the men called for non-custodial sentences for their clients.
Judge Megan Latham is expected to deliver her judgement later this month.