Warrington robber jailed

18/01/2013

A knife-wielding robber who threatened to kill everyone in a Warrington shop has been jailed.

Phillip Connor struck at the Co-operative store in Lovely Lane on October 18, 2012 at 7o'clock in the morning while under the influence of medication and alcohol.

The 40-year-old threatened to kill the shop assistant and told her he had a knife.

Warrington Crown Court heard how he approached the woman behind the counter and said: "I have a knife, I'm going to kill you and everyone in the shop."

The shop assistant called for her supervisor. Connor then grabbed three bottles of wine on a display shelf and ran out of the store. Police soon arrived and viewed CCTV footage to track him.

Peter Hussey, Crown Advocate from CPS Mersey-Cheshire, prosecuting, said: "An officer found the defendant in a yard where he was drinking from a bottle of wine with the other two at his feet.

"The officer also noticed he had dropped a black sock on the floor and found another at the scene. The defendant appeared to be wearing socks on his hands in the CCTV footage."

Connor was sentenced to three years for the robbery and 12 months in prison to run concurrently for possession of the knife after pleading guilty to both offences.

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