Armed robbers sentenced to 16 years imprisonment

17/08/2012

Two men have today been sentenced to 16 years imprisonment at Warwick Crown Court for their part in three armed post office robberies which were carried out across Warwickshire in December 2011.

Iain Parkhouse, aged 31 and Anthony Delany, 37, who had both pleaded guilty at an early hearing, were sentenced to eight years each.  

James Francis, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"The prosecution's case was that Iain Parkhouse possessed an imitation firearm to commit three armed robberies of quiet rural post offices over three consecutive days in December 2011. He had an accomplice at each of those robberies who was armed with a hand-axe. Anthony Delany was that accomplice during the latter two offences.

"It was their obvious intention that the victims believed the firearm they brandished was real and the weapons they held would be used. They threatened to shoot one victim if she did not comply with their demands. In the latter two offences both postmasters were subjected to appalling violence when they resisted, one victim receiving a broken jaw.

"After the offenders were unable to start their getaway vehicle having committed the last robbery, they showed themselves capable of committing a further set of serious criminal offences in order to facilitate their escape, which included kidnapping an innocent bystander and later robbing him of his vehicle.

"These were serious and coordinated crimes committed by two callous men who today received significant sentences for the benefit and protection of the public.

"The meticulously gathered evidence led to the successful linking of the offences that in turn assisted us in building a strong prosecution case. The resulting compelling evidence left the defendants with little choice but to admit their guilt."