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Armed raider gets three years

A MASKED teenager who carried out a daring robbery at a corner shop has been sent into youth custody for three years.

A MASKED teenager who carried out a daring robbery at a corner shop has been sent into youth custody for three years.

David Wayne Aldis was 18 when he burst into Menzies' newsagents wielding a metal bar, shouting at the cashier to open the till.

He smashed open a display case and jumped over the counter. In the ensuing struggle, the female cashier was hit on the head and face with a wooden pole.

A female customer and a terrified three-year-old child also looked on in horror, cowering in the corner of the shop, Chester Crown Court heard.

Aldis, of Cedar Avenue, Little Sutton, admitted robbing Margaret Jane Curry of cigarettes from the Ellesmere Port store on July 25 last year.

Prosecutor John Wyn-Williams said Mrs Curry, 52, was in the store when Aldis came in wearing a green boilersuit and balaclava with eye and mouth holes cut out.

'He shouted at her to open the till. She bravely refused and he shouted at her again.

'Aldis produced a long weapon, which turned out to be a knife sharpener.

'With it, he smashed the glass panel in front of the counter. Mrs Curry pressed the panic button,' he said.

'This did not deter Aldis. He leapt over the counter to her side.

Mrs Curry grabbed a pole used for the blinds to defend herself.

'Aldis got hold of the pole and, during the struggle, she was hit on the forehead and body with the pole, causing bruising to her head and shoulder.

'He stole £30 worth of cigarettes. As he left the shop, he threatened to kill Mrs Curry,' said Mr Wyn-Williams.

He told the court how Aldis had previously been seen outside the shop, so 'this showed some premeditation'.

Mrs Curry had hospital treatment for bruising and a blackeye. 'She was also unable to sleep for a period after this,' said Mr Wyn-Williams.

Aldis, now 19, has previous convictions for wounding and several thefts.

Judge Roger Dutton told him: 'It was a very frightening experience for all those who had to endure it.'

Defending, Robin Boag said Aldis intended to sell the cigarettes to get money. 'This was a one-off robbery.

'His mother was terminally-ill at the time. She has since died. His father was also ill then.

'Aldis' girlfriend is due to give birth next month,' added Mr Boag.


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