Teenage Robber Escapes Jail

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Teenage robber escapes jail
11th July 2017

By Sandra Pearce

A 19-year-old who used an imitation gun to demand money in an aquatics shop has escaped jail.

Daniel McKiernan, 19, of no fixed abode, demanded money from the till of Victor Aquatics, in Grimsby, on February 15 last year.

Staff and a customer then jumped on him and held him until police arrived, reports the Grimsby Telegraph.

At Grimsby Crown Court, he received a 12-month community order and Judge Peter Kelson QC ordered him to undergo six months of drug rehabilitation.

The judge told McKiernan: “This is your last chance. You went off the rails big time.”

McKiernan admitted attempted robbery and assault of two people, Laura Fowler and Daniel Hambling. He was also charged with possession of an imitation firearm.

Prosecuting, Joanne Jenkins said a BB gun was seized from the scene.

She said the owner feared for the safety of her staff and customers when she saw what was hidden in McKiernan's bag.

She told how a member of staff walked in from the rear of the shop and jumped on the defendant and was assisted by others.