Man flashed machette at shopkeeper

Southampton Crown Court

Southampton Crown Court

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Court Reporter

AN alcoholic produced a machete from beneath his jacket after stealing lager from a Southampton shop.

Serial offender Paul Grant grabbed four cans and when challenged produced the weapon with a 12in blade for two or three seconds before putting it away.

Prosecutor Tammy Mears told the city crown court the shopkeeper Zoe Higgins was initially alarmed at what she saw.

Grant remained in the shop for another 10-15 minutes chatting to the storekeeper before her husband, who knew Grant, drove him home.

While he was away, Mrs Higgins rang her mother who called the police.

Grant, 33, of Ellwood Avenue, admitted theft and possessing a bladed article.

Judge Peter Ralls QC heard Grant had 27 previous convictions for 77 offences.

Jailing the father-of-three for 12 months, he accepted Grant had not produced the machete in a threatening manner.

The prosecution accepted Grant’s denial of robbery.

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8:24pm Sat 29 Mar 14

boxing_nut says...

The shopkeepers husband drove the man who pulled a machete on his wife home?
The shopkeepers husband drove the man who pulled a machete on his wife home? boxing_nut
  • Score: 7

9:00pm Sat 29 Mar 14

ilovelamp says...

He didnt produce the machete in a threatening way?! What is this judge on, if someone shows you a machete while stealing from your shop id say thats a pretty big threat.
Common sense 0 judge 1
He didnt produce the machete in a threatening way?! What is this judge on, if someone shows you a machete while stealing from your shop id say thats a pretty big threat. Common sense 0 judge 1 ilovelamp
  • Score: 14

9:07pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Huey says...

Donate his organs. It is the most use he will ever be to society...
Donate his organs. It is the most use he will ever be to society... Huey
  • Score: 4

9:10pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Another flashing story.
Another flashing story. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: -6

9:28pm Sat 29 Mar 14

bigfella777 says...

Its never right to go round flashing your chopper at people
Its never right to go round flashing your chopper at people bigfella777
  • Score: -4

9:14am Sun 30 Mar 14

Dai Rear says...

"A person is guilty of robbery if he steals, and immediately before or at the time of doing so, and in order to do so, he uses force on any person or puts or seeks to put any person in fear of being then and there subjected to force."
I think that if someone I knew to be an alkie, and therefore "disinhibited" as the jargon is (has no self-restraint) pulled a bl&&dy great machete on me while trying to remove my property I'd be in fear of being then and there subjected to force. Wouldn't you? What would you say if you'd been on the jury and the charge was robbery and not well, as it should have been but CPS got it wrong, offensive weapon? Vote.
Look at R.v. Bleazard: for what the Judge could have done without a successful appeal on sentence.
"A person is guilty of robbery if he steals, and immediately before or at the time of doing so, and in order to do so, he uses force on any person or puts or seeks to put any person in fear of being then and there subjected to force." I think that if someone I knew to be an alkie, and therefore "disinhibited" as the jargon is (has no self-restraint) pulled a bl&&dy great machete on me while trying to remove my property I'd be in fear of being then and there subjected to force. Wouldn't you? What would you say if you'd been on the jury and the charge was robbery and not well, as it should have been but CPS got it wrong, offensive weapon? Vote. Look at R.v. Bleazard: for what the Judge could have done without a successful appeal on sentence. Dai Rear
  • Score: 3

9:19am Sun 30 Mar 14

Dai Rear says...

Bearing in mind you don't need a machete to clean your nails, even if you've managed to find a woman undiscriminating enough to produce 3 children with, what do you suppose his answer in court would have been as to why he left his abode with one?
Intending to turn over a convenience store maybe?
Bearing in mind you don't need a machete to clean your nails, even if you've managed to find a woman undiscriminating enough to produce 3 children with, what do you suppose his answer in court would have been as to why he left his abode with one? Intending to turn over a convenience store maybe? Dai Rear
  • Score: 3

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