Jail for the bungling robber who let his mask slip...then pretended it was all just a joke

Echo: Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton

A MAN attempted to rob his former employer at knife point and then claimed he “was only kidding” when his disguise fell off.

Lewis Hamilton, 24, burst in to a back room of the Trading Post pub in Westcliff and threatened an assistant manager with a knife as she was counting up the day’s takings.

Part way through the robbery, the coat he had pulled up over his face slipped away and he said to his victim Holly McDonald that he was “only kidding”.

Hamilton, of Peers Square, Chelmsford, broke down in to tears as he was sentenced to two years in prison for aggravated burglary when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court. 

Charlotte Davison, prosecuting, told the court that Hamilton was sacked from his job at Mariners Court on Leigh-on-Sea after he failed to pay for a food tab.

Unable to find a new job in the Southend pub trade and facing mounting debts he lied in his interview for a job at The Trading Rooms in London Road, Westcliff by saying he left Mariners Court voluntarily.

He was offered a new position there but when his new employer found out he had lied, he was sacked.

The court heard that Hamilton broke in to the Trading Rooms 13 days later through a fire exit and lurked in the corridor outside the pub’s office while Ms Mc Donald cashed up.

Ms Davison said: “Ms McDonald heard someone outside the office and saw the door move, so called out ‘are you going to come in then?’ “The door flew open and the defendant appeared in front of her. She did not recognise him at first, he had his hat pulled down to his eye brows and the top of his coat covering his face.

“He was holding a kitchen knife with a six inch blade.

“He asked her to hand over the money on the desk but she told him to ‘**** off’.”

The court heard that Hamilton moved and his jacket came down revealing his face at which point he said “don’t worry, I am only joking”.

Still wielding the knife Hamilton told Ms McDonald he had come to return his uniform but when she asked him for it he said it was at home.

He asked Ms McDonald if she wanted to split the takings with him but when she declined he left The assistant manager told her boss who called the police.

Ms Davison said: “Ms McDonald said the whole experience felt unreal and she was left in shock.”

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7:30am Fri 20 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

What a twit.
What a twit. Kim Gandy

7:36am Fri 20 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Tool.....i actually think i feel a bit sorry for him...still a tool though.
Tool.....i actually think i feel a bit sorry for him...still a tool though. DogsMessInLeigh

8:40am Fri 20 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

I remember when attempted armed robbery would get one 8 years prison...
I remember when attempted armed robbery would get one 8 years prison... Nowthatsworthknowing

9:34am Fri 20 Dec 13

andy:) says...

What a tool !
What a tool ! andy:)

9:40am Fri 20 Dec 13

pembury53 says...

“He asked her to hand over the money on the desk but she told him to ‘**** off’.” ............. that has to be one the funniest things on here in ages....... brilliant !
“He asked her to hand over the money on the desk but she told him to ‘**** off’.” ............. that has to be one the funniest things on here in ages....... brilliant ! pembury53

9:43am Fri 20 Dec 13

InTheKnowOk says...

Proper div
Proper div InTheKnowOk

10:21am Fri 20 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

He looks completely different out of his F1 clobber doesn't he?
He looks completely different out of his F1 clobber doesn't he? Howard Cháse

10:31am Fri 20 Dec 13

Bester says...

Well done to Holly McDonald for standing up to the moron!
Well done to Holly McDonald for standing up to the moron! Bester

10:36am Fri 20 Dec 13

supermadmax says...

http://www.echo-news
.co.uk/news/10460330
.Police_appeal_follo
wing_pub_robbery/

More spot on visionary comments from me on the original thread shouted down by the not so clued up amongst us:

supermadmax says...
Probably was given the heads up by a current or ex employee (or potentially the 'victim' he robbed).
Robbing a pub at 830 am is not a usual occurrence unless they thought the prospect of them earning from it would be reasonable and there would be little resistance.
http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/10460330 .Police_appeal_follo wing_pub_robbery/ More spot on visionary comments from me on the original thread shouted down by the not so clued up amongst us: supermadmax says... Probably was given the heads up by a current or ex employee (or potentially the 'victim' he robbed). Robbing a pub at 830 am is not a usual occurrence unless they thought the prospect of them earning from it would be reasonable and there would be little resistance. supermadmax

10:37am Fri 20 Dec 13

supermadmax says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Tool.....i actually think i feel a bit sorry for him...still a tool though.
I agree.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Tool.....i actually think i feel a bit sorry for him...still a tool though.[/p][/quote]I agree. supermadmax

11:46am Fri 20 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

supermadmax wrote:
http://www.echo-news

.co.uk/news/10460330

.Police_appeal_follo

wing_pub_robbery/

More spot on visionary comments from me on the original thread shouted down by the not so clued up amongst us:

supermadmax says...
Probably was given the heads up by a current or ex employee (or potentially the 'victim' he robbed).
Robbing a pub at 830 am is not a usual occurrence unless they thought the prospect of them earning from it would be reasonable and there would be little resistance.
But the thing is going back to the original report..........why did they appeal for who he was when they knew all along as the manager knew him when his mask/coat came off..!! as he was a former employee.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/10460330 .Police_appeal_follo wing_pub_robbery/ More spot on visionary comments from me on the original thread shouted down by the not so clued up amongst us: supermadmax says... Probably was given the heads up by a current or ex employee (or potentially the 'victim' he robbed). Robbing a pub at 830 am is not a usual occurrence unless they thought the prospect of them earning from it would be reasonable and there would be little resistance.[/p][/quote]But the thing is going back to the original report..........why did they appeal for who he was when they knew all along as the manager knew him when his mask/coat came off..!! as he was a former employee. DogsMessInLeigh

11:49am Fri 20 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

...and the original story says he got away with a 4 figure sum.
...and the original story says he got away with a 4 figure sum. DogsMessInLeigh

12:29pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
...and the original story says he got away with a 4 figure sum.
£10.99
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: ...and the original story says he got away with a 4 figure sum.[/p][/quote]£10.99 Howard Cháse

1:09pm Fri 20 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

all this over a food tab.
all this over a food tab. DogsMessInLeigh

3:35pm Fri 20 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
all this over a food tab.
will give him food for thought whilst inside.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: all this over a food tab.[/p][/quote]will give him food for thought whilst inside. DogsMessInLeigh

8:16pm Fri 20 Dec 13

My Britain says...

When he go's inside, he better get some vaseline for his bum, it's going to get a bashing.
When he go's inside, he better get some vaseline for his bum, it's going to get a bashing. My Britain

6:47pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Prolific-Criminal says...

2 years is a bit harsh I think.
2 years is a bit harsh I think. Prolific-Criminal

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