Robber is jailed for newsagent hold-up

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A ROBBER who threatened to cut a shopkeeper’s throat has been jailed for more than two years.

Lewis Merrington, 22, of Gainsborough Drive, Westcliff, pleaded guilty to robbing Big News Store, in Eastern Esplanade, Southend, on April 24.

Southend Crown Court heard howMerrington walked into the shop at 6.30am and bought a packet of crisps.

CCTV footage showed a hooded Merrington walk away before returning to threaten the shopkeeper.

Hiding a 9in knife he found in an alleyway up his sleeve, Merrington said: “I’ve got this here, I’ll cut your throat. Give me money.”

He then made off with £40 from the till.

After a police appeal for information, which featured in the Echo, Merrington handed himself in having seen CCTV of the incident online.

Miss Laureen Husain, defending, said the robbery was “totally out of character” and Merrington was “disgusted” by his behaviour and said in interview “I’ve done what I’ve done and I have to face the consequences.”

Merrington, who is expecting his first child with his girlfriend in September, cried during his court appearance. His parents were there to support him.

Miss Husain said at the time of the robbery, Merrington had “left home, was essentially homeless, sleeping in his car, or sofa surfing and he owed money to friends. He was unfortunately drinking quite a lot and was taking cannabis.”

Recorder Matthew Lowe said: “It is with real sadness I have to sentence a 22-year-old from a good background for these offences, which were idiotic and out of character.”

Sentencing Merrington to 26 months in jail for robbery and six months to run concurrently for possessing a bladed article, Recorder Lowe said: “Small shops deserve the protection of these courts.

“There was a degree of planning.

If there wasn’t, you would not have put it (the knife) up your sleeve. There was some forethought.

“The most serious issue is the threat of serious violence. When you told the shopkeeper you were going to cut his throat, this was backed up and emphasised by the showing of the knife. He must have been terrified.”

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10:09am Fri 18 Jul 14

John Right says...

Cannot believe these ridiculously low prison sentences for such serious crimes, though at least as a prison **** he'll be busy..
Cannot believe these ridiculously low prison sentences for such serious crimes, though at least as a prison **** he'll be busy.. John Right
  • Score: 5

10:12am Fri 18 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

so this lad shows genuine remorse and gets banged up........ you may as well stand there in the dock, smirking, and call the judge a c**t, and probably get a fine and a bit of gardening.....
so this lad shows genuine remorse and gets banged up........ you may as well stand there in the dock, smirking, and call the judge a c**t, and probably get a fine and a bit of gardening..... pembury53
  • Score: -3

10:16am Fri 18 Jul 14

John Right says...

John Right wrote:
Cannot believe these ridiculously low prison sentences for such serious crimes, though at least as a prison **** he'll be busy..
Cannot believe these ridiculously low prison sentences for such serious crimes, though at least as a prison B1TCH he'll be busy..
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Cannot believe these ridiculously low prison sentences for such serious crimes, though at least as a prison **** he'll be busy..[/p][/quote]Cannot believe these ridiculously low prison sentences for such serious crimes, though at least as a prison B1TCH he'll be busy.. John Right
  • Score: 3

10:17am Fri 18 Jul 14

boo beckett says...

Another one cries in the dock. I bet at one point he was boasting to his mates about it. Don't commit the crime if you can't do the time.
Another one cries in the dock. I bet at one point he was boasting to his mates about it. Don't commit the crime if you can't do the time. boo beckett
  • Score: 6

10:27am Fri 18 Jul 14

alarminstaller says...

boo beckett wrote:
Another one cries in the dock. I bet at one point he was boasting to his mates about it. Don't commit the crime if you can't do the time.
He will also become whilst he is inside a 'Born again Christian' and convince everyone he has seen the error of his ways.

Threaten anyone's life with a knife that is used at the time should carry a minimum of 5 years !

What is the bloody point of having an aggravated assault charge carrying an 18 year sentence for a serious offence what could be more serious than threatening to cut a persons throat?

Personally anyone that commits such a serious offence deserves longer than 2 years meaning 1 year plus family leave reduction.

Let's forget the 5 hit and think about the hard working aggrieved that will feel threatened for the rest of his life.
[quote][p][bold]boo beckett[/bold] wrote: Another one cries in the dock. I bet at one point he was boasting to his mates about it. Don't commit the crime if you can't do the time.[/p][/quote]He will also become whilst he is inside a 'Born again Christian' and convince everyone he has seen the error of his ways. Threaten anyone's life with a knife that is used at the time should carry a minimum of 5 years ! What is the bloody point of having an aggravated assault charge carrying an 18 year sentence for a serious offence what could be more serious than threatening to cut a persons throat? Personally anyone that commits such a serious offence deserves longer than 2 years meaning 1 year plus family leave reduction. Let's forget the 5 hit and think about the hard working aggrieved that will feel threatened for the rest of his life. alarminstaller
  • Score: 5

4:05pm Fri 18 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

alarminstaller wrote:
boo beckett wrote:
Another one cries in the dock. I bet at one point he was boasting to his mates about it. Don't commit the crime if you can't do the time.
He will also become whilst he is inside a 'Born again Christian' and convince everyone he has seen the error of his ways.

Threaten anyone's life with a knife that is used at the time should carry a minimum of 5 years !

What is the bloody point of having an aggravated assault charge carrying an 18 year sentence for a serious offence what could be more serious than threatening to cut a persons throat?

Personally anyone that commits such a serious offence deserves longer than 2 years meaning 1 year plus family leave reduction.

Let's forget the 5 hit and think about the hard working aggrieved that will feel threatened for the rest of his life.
"what could be more serious than threatening to cut a persons throat?"..... cutting it, i imagine ?
[quote][p][bold]alarminstaller[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boo beckett[/bold] wrote: Another one cries in the dock. I bet at one point he was boasting to his mates about it. Don't commit the crime if you can't do the time.[/p][/quote]He will also become whilst he is inside a 'Born again Christian' and convince everyone he has seen the error of his ways. Threaten anyone's life with a knife that is used at the time should carry a minimum of 5 years ! What is the bloody point of having an aggravated assault charge carrying an 18 year sentence for a serious offence what could be more serious than threatening to cut a persons throat? Personally anyone that commits such a serious offence deserves longer than 2 years meaning 1 year plus family leave reduction. Let's forget the 5 hit and think about the hard working aggrieved that will feel threatened for the rest of his life.[/p][/quote]"what could be more serious than threatening to cut a persons throat?"..... cutting it, i imagine ? pembury53
  • Score: 0

8:40pm Fri 18 Jul 14

danger2013 says...

Same sentence as a house burglary not bad!! The lads had a touch. Next time put more thought and effort into it and reap the rewards.
Same sentence as a house burglary not bad!! The lads had a touch. Next time put more thought and effort into it and reap the rewards. danger2013
  • Score: -6

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