Robber jailed for threatening shokeeper

A ROBBER who threatened to kill an Ipswich shop keeper and left her in fear for her life is today in jail.Adrian Wilson, 33, went into Bela Broadway's newsagents on St Helen's Street and punched his victim so hard in the face she fell to the floor, before kicking her and threatening to kill her of she did not tell him where the money was.

A ROBBER who threatened to kill an Ipswich shop keeper and left her in fear for her life is today in jail.

Adrian Wilson, 33, went into Bela Broadway's newsagents on St Helen's Street and punched his victim so hard in the face she fell to the floor, before kicking her and threatening to kill her of she did not tell him where the money was.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how the shopkeeper had recognised Wilson who had previously stolen from the shop on September 10 and 13 last year.

Huge Vass, prosecuting said that when Wilson of Gosford Way, Felixstowe went into the shop again on September 25, he became extremely aggressive.

Mr Vass said: “She thought if she didn't tell him the truth he would carry out his threat and kill her.”

He said the 47-year-old victim, who suffered a cut to the face and swelling, felt very traumatised by the attack and felt scared in her own shop, where she should feel safe.

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He added: “It is quite clear he was targeting the shop when it was quiet.”

The court heard that Wilson, who was addicted to heroin at the time, only had a limited recollection of the event and said he was ashamed of his behaviour.

Wilson pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one count of attempted robbery.

The recorder Anthony Bate said Wilson was a danger to the public and ordered him to spend a minimum of one year and 182 days in prison and remain on licence for a minimum of 10 years.

He also sentenced him to nine months in prison for each theft offence to run concurrently with the sentence for attempted robbery.

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