Two masked men who tried to rob a Pensarn corner shop have been jailed for 25 months each.
Michael Bowes from Rhyl and Michael Ryan from Clynnog Fawr, near Caernarfon, admitted demanding cash when they held up Jacko’s convenience store last November. But the men were caught after the shop owners and their assistant fought back.
Caernarfon Crown Court heard the two men entered shouting ”where’s the money” and ”give me the money”. Shop assistant Wayne Jackson, who was finishing his shift, responded by shoving Ryan (24) into a display, leading to a struggle on the floor as he tried to flee.
Mrs Patel, one of the owners, tried to hit Ryan with a stick from behind the counter, while Mr Patel ended up on the floor as he struggled with Bowes (23). He picked up the stick and hit Ryan on the head, which caused an injury that needed three stitches.
Police were called out and both men were arrested at the scene – they initially denied attempted robbery but pleaded guilty after being charged. The raid was said to have left the staff – and a young child in the shop at the time – extremely shaken and upset.
The defence said Bowes was ”genuinely ashamed” of his actions and he understood that it would have been a ”frightening experience” for those who were in the shop. Ryan was said to have no complaint that he received some ”summary justice” for an attempted robbery.
Sentencing the pair, Judge Rhys Rowlands said it was far from out of character for both men as they had previous convictions for robbery. There had been a degree of planning and they had used some force until the tables were turned.
Source: Daily Post