Man jailed for attempted robbery - Bedford

12/07/2016

A failed shop robber, who was recognised on a Bedfordshire police Facebook feed by his ex-wife, was jailed for 44 months today, Tuesday, 12 July 2016.

When his former wife saw a CCTV picture on her computer she asked Darren Daubney, aged 36, if he was the armed man who had tried to rob Martin's in Avon Drive, Bedford. Luton Crown Court heard that at first he denied it was him, but he later told her it was a "moment of madness."

Prosecutor Daniel Higgins said Daubney had gone into the shop at half past seven in the morning on 16 November last year where the supervisor was working alone. He was wearing a high viz jacket and a motorcycle helmet. He was carrying a bag and produced a small black handgun. Mr Higgins said Daubney left the shop and rode off on a motorbike.

After the attempted robbery he used a pen to alter the number plate on his motorbike and to change the design on his helmet.

The prosecutor said Daubney also harassed his wife by sending her a WhatsApp message showing her new boyfriend's address in London. "It caused her to feel frightened and distressed," he said.

Daubney, of Kingston Court, Riverside Close, Bedford, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, possession of an imitation firearm and driving while disqualified. He also admitted harassment without violence and driving with no insurance. He had 11 convictions for 18 offences.

Mark Nicholls, defending, said the attempted robbery was "out of character." He went on: "It followed the breakdown of a long-term relationship. They had been married for 15 years and in a relationship for 20 years and he took it very badly. He did not know what he was thinking. He was in the shop for less than a minute and feels stupid and deeply ashamed. He now wants to get over this and get his life back on track."

Judge Lynn Tayton QC jailed him for a total 44 months and banned him from driving for 2 years from the time he is released from prison. The Judge also made him the subject of a restraining order banning him from contacting his ex-wife.

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