No jail for woman who held up shop

No jail for woman who held up shop

No jail for woman who held up shop

First published in News

A WOMAN who drunkenly robbed a newsagent at a knifepoint has narrowly avoided jail.

Gemma Snook, 24, was with a pal when they held up Martins Newsagents, in Clay Hill Road, Basildon, on June 8.

The pair started a row with a female shop assistant about the Post Office being closed on a Sunday.

They then jabbed a knife at her face and ordered her to hand over about £50 from the till.

It was revealed in court this was the second time the worker had been robbed while at work in the last six months.

Snook, who has 21 previous convictions dating back to when she was 15-years-old, was handed an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Detectives are still hunting for 24-year-old Kim Orford, from Basildon, in connection with the incident.

The court heard the employee was working alone when Snook and another woman entered the shop.

The other woman began shouting at the worker because the Post Office was closed.

The staff member went behind the till because she felt threatened. Snook and her accomplice then went in to one of the aisles and started whispering and swearing to each other.

Snook went to the door to keep guard while her accomplice put her hood up, went to the till and jabbed a knife at the employee.

Laureen Husain, prosecuting, told the court: “It took the shop assistant a few seconds to realise what was happening.

“The woman was jabbing a knife at her and threatening her.

She thought she could be seriously hurt.

“She was terrified. In fact the word she used was ‘petrified’.

“The girl said, come on or else I will throw the knife at you.”

Snook and her accomplice got £20 in notes, as well as £30 in coins.

In a victim impact statement, the employee said she felt concerned about being on her own and working alone.

She did not know if she wanted to continue working for Martin’s because it is the second time she has been the victim of a robbery in six months.

Matthew Bone, mitigating, said Snook had turned to drugs and a life of crime after a difficult childhood.

Recorder Elroy Claxton said: “I understand from your pre-sentence report, that if given some assistance you may be able to lead a life free of drugs and crime.

“If you breach this suspended sentence order you will come back here and I will have absolutely no choice but to send you to jail.”

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7:15am Thu 7 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Judge letemoff presiding, feeling sorry for the womans addictions, again, which is why knife crime is looked at as seriously as pinching a Mars bar, it will give out all the usual wrong messages
Judge letemoff presiding, feeling sorry for the womans addictions, again, which is why knife crime is looked at as seriously as pinching a Mars bar, it will give out all the usual wrong messages sesibollox
  • Score: 27

7:31am Thu 7 Aug 14

The King of Southend says...

I'm a Guardian reading liberal and even I think a custodial sentence is appropriate here.
I'm a Guardian reading liberal and even I think a custodial sentence is appropriate here. The King of Southend
  • Score: 26

7:32am Thu 7 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

Twenty one previous convictions and this jerk lets her off.

I would say unbelievable but it is entirely believable. These days, the more of a total lowlife you are the less you can expect to be locked up.

I'm surprised she was prosecuted at all because calling the police out for anything worth sorting these days usually draws a complete blank.

This female needs locking up for a long time and sorting out properly. She is a public nuisance and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near decent society.
Twenty one previous convictions and this jerk lets her off. I would say unbelievable but it is entirely believable. These days, the more of a total lowlife you are the less you can expect to be locked up. I'm surprised she was prosecuted at all because calling the police out for anything worth sorting these days usually draws a complete blank. This female needs locking up for a long time and sorting out properly. She is a public nuisance and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near decent society. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 39

7:47am Thu 7 Aug 14

goldleaf says...

She must think all her birthdays have come at once, she's now free to go and do it all over again! With hall those previous convictions she needs stopping now. And that's not Martins in Clay Hill Road!
She must think all her birthdays have come at once, she's now free to go and do it all over again! With hall those previous convictions she needs stopping now. And that's not Martins in Clay Hill Road! goldleaf
  • Score: 27

8:17am Thu 7 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

I think the shop assistant should have realised it was a joke when she said "come on or else i'll throw the knife at you" ! what is she a circus act ?
I think the shop assistant should have realised it was a joke when she said "come on or else i'll throw the knife at you" ! what is she a circus act ? pembury53
  • Score: -8

8:18am Thu 7 Aug 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Woman should be in jail even as we speak. What a load of crap
Woman should be in jail even as we speak. What a load of crap CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 15

9:14am Thu 7 Aug 14

supermadmax says...

If that was a man she would have got 3 years +
If that was a man she would have got 3 years + supermadmax
  • Score: 13

10:12am Thu 7 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

supermadmax wrote:
If that was a man she would have got 3 years +
or 1 and a half years for a 'cross dresser'
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: If that was a man she would have got 3 years +[/p][/quote]or 1 and a half years for a 'cross dresser' pembury53
  • Score: 5

10:53am Thu 7 Aug 14

Nelly99 says...

Astonishing. 21 previous convictions and a suspended sentence for armed robbery. Isn't carry a knife a mandatory custodial sentence? She certainly cocked a Snook at justice!
Astonishing. 21 previous convictions and a suspended sentence for armed robbery. Isn't carry a knife a mandatory custodial sentence? She certainly cocked a Snook at justice! Nelly99
  • Score: 19

11:49am Thu 7 Aug 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Twenty one previous convictions and this jerk lets her off.

I would say unbelievable but it is entirely believable. These days, the more of a total lowlife you are the less you can expect to be locked up.

I'm surprised she was prosecuted at all because calling the police out for anything worth sorting these days usually draws a complete blank.

This female needs locking up for a long time and sorting out properly. She is a public nuisance and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near decent society.
"These days, the more of a total lowlife you are the less you can expect to be locked up"

Following that logic; I hope you dont think you have been given the key to the door.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Twenty one previous convictions and this jerk lets her off. I would say unbelievable but it is entirely believable. These days, the more of a total lowlife you are the less you can expect to be locked up. I'm surprised she was prosecuted at all because calling the police out for anything worth sorting these days usually draws a complete blank. This female needs locking up for a long time and sorting out properly. She is a public nuisance and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near decent society.[/p][/quote]"These days, the more of a total lowlife you are the less you can expect to be locked up" Following that logic; I hope you dont think you have been given the key to the door. ThisYear
  • Score: -5

12:13pm Thu 7 Aug 14

whateverhappened says...

ThisYear wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote: Twenty one previous convictions and this jerk lets her off. I would say unbelievable but it is entirely believable. These days, the more of a total lowlife you are the less you can expect to be locked up. I'm surprised she was prosecuted at all because calling the police out for anything worth sorting these days usually draws a complete blank. This female needs locking up for a long time and sorting out properly. She is a public nuisance and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near decent society.
"These days, the more of a total lowlife you are the less you can expect to be locked up" Following that logic; I hope you dont think you have been given the key to the door.
anything constructive to say or are rushing off to clacton on holiday,,,

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anyway she wasn't let off, she NAROWLY avoided jail ,next time it might be really really close to an appropriate sentance!
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Twenty one previous convictions and this jerk lets her off. I would say unbelievable but it is entirely believable. These days, the more of a total lowlife you are the less you can expect to be locked up. I'm surprised she was prosecuted at all because calling the police out for anything worth sorting these days usually draws a complete blank. This female needs locking up for a long time and sorting out properly. She is a public nuisance and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near decent society.[/p][/quote]"These days, the more of a total lowlife you are the less you can expect to be locked up" Following that logic; I hope you dont think you have been given the key to the door.[/p][/quote]anything constructive to say or are rushing off to clacton on holiday,,, . . anyway she wasn't let off, she NAROWLY avoided jail ,next time it might be really really close to an appropriate sentance! whateverhappened
  • Score: -1

12:26pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Controversial1 says...

in all fairness.... what was the woman doing working on her own anyway? are there not legalities in itself over lone working?
Was asking to be robbed if you ask me.... big store, 1 person manning the tills - shoplifters paradise. Shame on Martins for making this person so vulnerable
in all fairness.... what was the woman doing working on her own anyway? are there not legalities in itself over lone working? Was asking to be robbed if you ask me.... big store, 1 person manning the tills - shoplifters paradise. Shame on Martins for making this person so vulnerable Controversial1
  • Score: 2

1:57pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Nebs says...

sesibollox wrote:
Judge letemoff presiding, feeling sorry for the womans addictions, again, which is why knife crime is looked at as seriously as pinching a Mars bar, it will give out all the usual wrong messages
You have to remember that judges and barristers need to work to get paid. By letting people, such as this, off with a suspended sentence they are increasing the odds of more work for themselves or their colleagues in the future.

Interesting re-tweet by Elroy Claxton: Toxic people are not bad people just not good for you -do them a service & set them free - make space for those people who are good for you.
I wonder if it is the same Elroy Claxton.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Judge letemoff presiding, feeling sorry for the womans addictions, again, which is why knife crime is looked at as seriously as pinching a Mars bar, it will give out all the usual wrong messages[/p][/quote]You have to remember that judges and barristers need to work to get paid. By letting people, such as this, off with a suspended sentence they are increasing the odds of more work for themselves or their colleagues in the future. Interesting re-tweet by Elroy Claxton: Toxic people are not bad people just not good for you -do them a service & set them free - make space for those people who are good for you. I wonder if it is the same Elroy Claxton. Nebs
  • Score: 1

2:39pm Thu 7 Aug 14

BasildonDond says...

Here we go again. Scumbag drug user. History of convictions and still gets to roam free. The legal system in this country is criminal !! Britain should ban hoddies. Seriously
Here we go again. Scumbag drug user. History of convictions and still gets to roam free. The legal system in this country is criminal !! Britain should ban hoddies. Seriously BasildonDond
  • Score: 12

5:54pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Em_rayleigh says...

It was my aunt working in the shop! Shame on Martins for making her work alone, shame on Martins for not allowing her any time off after this traumatic incident or the incident before where she was held at knifepoint , and shame on the judge for letting this awful person walk free. Stealing money and threatening someone at knifepoint is a big enough crime to be locked away let alone with all her previous convictions! The legal system is awfully flawed people like this need to know this behaviour is unacceptable or they will continue to act that way!
It was my aunt working in the shop! Shame on Martins for making her work alone, shame on Martins for not allowing her any time off after this traumatic incident or the incident before where she was held at knifepoint , and shame on the judge for letting this awful person walk free. Stealing money and threatening someone at knifepoint is a big enough crime to be locked away let alone with all her previous convictions! The legal system is awfully flawed people like this need to know this behaviour is unacceptable or they will continue to act that way! Em_rayleigh
  • Score: 16

8:28pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Friendly Fire says...

At least she got to keep the 50 quid she nicked.
At least she got to keep the 50 quid she nicked. Friendly Fire
  • Score: -6

10:42pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

they sound like right proper scumbags, bet they look like crap too.
they sound like right proper scumbags, bet they look like crap too. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 3

8:35am Fri 8 Aug 14

bazza 1 says...

Armed robbery should ALWAYS carry a custodial sentence. This woman has a criminal history as long as your arm, and is still being treated like a ten year old by the courts. I wonder if the Recorder would have been so lenient if someone pushed a knife into his face, and demanded money or a stabbing. Whatever happened to the promise by politicians that there would be zero tolerance to knife and gun crime ? Shameful.
Armed robbery should ALWAYS carry a custodial sentence. This woman has a criminal history as long as your arm, and is still being treated like a ten year old by the courts. I wonder if the Recorder would have been so lenient if someone pushed a knife into his face, and demanded money or a stabbing. Whatever happened to the promise by politicians that there would be zero tolerance to knife and gun crime ? Shameful. bazza 1
  • Score: 5

8:43am Fri 8 Aug 14

Sensible Man says...

bazza 1 wrote:
Armed robbery should ALWAYS carry a custodial sentence. This woman has a criminal history as long as your arm, and is still being treated like a ten year old by the courts. I wonder if the Recorder would have been so lenient if someone pushed a knife into his face, and demanded money or a stabbing. Whatever happened to the promise by politicians that there would be zero tolerance to knife and gun crime ? Shameful.
Well said - a truly shocking, lenient "sentence" by this "recorder". 21 previous convictions and still this knife-wielder is let off with a tap on the wrist. Unbelievable!!! Perhaps it is time for this judge to consider a new career.
[quote][p][bold]bazza 1[/bold] wrote: Armed robbery should ALWAYS carry a custodial sentence. This woman has a criminal history as long as your arm, and is still being treated like a ten year old by the courts. I wonder if the Recorder would have been so lenient if someone pushed a knife into his face, and demanded money or a stabbing. Whatever happened to the promise by politicians that there would be zero tolerance to knife and gun crime ? Shameful.[/p][/quote]Well said - a truly shocking, lenient "sentence" by this "recorder". 21 previous convictions and still this knife-wielder is let off with a tap on the wrist. Unbelievable!!! Perhaps it is time for this judge to consider a new career. Sensible Man
  • Score: 4

2:32pm Fri 8 Aug 14

opalina says...

The King of Southend wrote:
I'm a Guardian reading liberal and even I think a custodial sentence is appropriate here.
I'm a 'liberal lefty doogooder' as I often get 'accused' of and I also agree this should have carried a mandatory custodial sentence.
[quote][p][bold]The King of Southend[/bold] wrote: I'm a Guardian reading liberal and even I think a custodial sentence is appropriate here.[/p][/quote]I'm a 'liberal lefty doogooder' as I often get 'accused' of and I also agree this should have carried a mandatory custodial sentence. opalina
  • Score: 3

6:24pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Gay Ray says...

opalina wrote:
The King of Southend wrote:
I'm a Guardian reading liberal and even I think a custodial sentence is appropriate here.
I'm a 'liberal lefty doogooder' as I often get 'accused' of and I also agree this should have carried a mandatory custodial sentence.
I'm a gay leftie (though I occasionally swing to the right) Guardian reader and I agree. She needs banging up in the custodial sense.
[quote][p][bold]opalina[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The King of Southend[/bold] wrote: I'm a Guardian reading liberal and even I think a custodial sentence is appropriate here.[/p][/quote]I'm a 'liberal lefty doogooder' as I often get 'accused' of and I also agree this should have carried a mandatory custodial sentence.[/p][/quote]I'm a gay leftie (though I occasionally swing to the right) Guardian reader and I agree. She needs banging up in the custodial sense. Gay Ray
  • Score: 4

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