Robbery look out jailed - Tring

31/01/2013

The look-out for a robbery at a convenience store in Tring was jailed for 5 years today, Thursday, 31 January 2013, while the man who carried out the knifepoint raid was told he will also receive 5 years and may get an extended sentence on top.

Wearing a hoodie and baseball hat, David Payne, 29, went into The Old Stables in Miswell Lane at around 9 o'clock on Saturday, 02 June last year.

He grabbed a member of staff around the neck and threatened him with a knife before forcing the man to open the cash dispenser, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Maurice Aston said Payne made off with £3,000. He and co-defendant Keith Stone, who was being watched outside by a neighbour, were caught acting suspiciously by CCTV cameras.

Payne of Trafalger Way, Hemel pleaded guilty to robbery. When first questioned he had denied any involvement saying he had been living close by at his sister's home and was aware of the robbery from a newspaper report. He had previous convictions including robbery, grievous bodily harm, burglary and having a bladed article.

Stone, 39, of Waveney, Grove Hill, Hemel denied being the look-out, but was convicted of robbery by a jury after the neighbour identified him. He had previous convictions for robbery, blackmail, burglary and possession of drugs.

Andrew Kerry, defending Payne, said he had suffered from mental health issues and had turned to crime when things became hard.

For Stone, Adrian Amer said: "He did not have a knife and was not in the shop when the robbery took place. He's determined to keep out of trouble and still maintains his innocence."

Judge Martin Griffith told Payne he would sentence him to five years, but wanted probation to prepare a report on whether he should impose an extended sentence, which would mean he would be supervised for a longer period on his release from prison.

Sentencing Stone he said: "This was a planned two-person robbery of a convenience store. People who run convenience stores have to be protected."

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