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Raider tried to rob Esso pertol station in Northam, Southampton
6:00am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
A DRUG addict who held up a petrol station attendant with a bottle of alcopop in a desperate bid to feed his habit has been jailed for two years.
Andrew Brown is beginning a 27 month prison sentence after attempted attempted robbery and assaulting a police officer But after hearing his fate at Southampton Crown Court the 28-year-old crack cocaine addict pledged to change his ways and find a job.
The court heard how Brown, from Cedar Close, Portswood, entered the Esso petrol station in Northam Road, Southampton, walked along the aisles continuously glancing at a lone manager working there before dropping a white bag on the floor and studying a large bottle of blue WKD on the shelf.
Initially Brown asked the manager where the coffee machine was, but when the last customers left he grabbed the bottle and approached the counter demanding “open the till and give me the money”.
When the manager refused Brown threatened to hit him with the makeshift weapon, before the boss distracted him by telling him to look over his shoulder.
The manager fled to a back office to dial 999 before Brown hurled the bottle at a CCTV camera and left the store Police soon arrested him close by – wrestling him to the ground after he tried to head butt an officer.
Prosecutor Gavin Sumpter said: “He made full admissions that he had gone into Esso with the intention of robbing to feed his drug habit.
“The last time he had crack cocaine was two days previously and he was agitated and thought it was an easy target.”
But defence counsel Alistair Wright said drug use and schizophrenia had deeply affected his client’s judgement that night, and told the court: “There was a pantomime aspect to the way the worker said “look behind you” and he did.
“It shows his state of mind.”
But recorder Malcolm Gibney pointed out Brown – who has 24 other convictions – had launched the attack just two weeks after being given a community order.
Before being led away Brown – who was also told to pay a £120 victim surcharge – told the judge: “When I get out I want to get a job.”
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