An armed robber who pointed a realistic-looking handgun in the faces of two jewellery shop staff has been jailed for more than six years today (Friday).
Drug-user Scott Lister was described as looking like “a madman” when he ordered the two women to get on the floor during a terrifying lunchtime raid at the Kingston Jewellers in Halifax last June.
A judge heard today that Lister had not been taking his anti-psychotic medication at the time he attacked the jewellers with his accomplice William Cochrane.
Prosecutor Anne-Marie Hutton told Bradford Crown Court that Lister, of West Parade, Halifax, had grabbed one of the staff by her hair before he and Cochrane smashed display cabinets in the shop and fled with stock worth about £3,800.
The pair left the scene in a car which was later found abandoned and two days later they were both involved with Cochrane’s brother Richard in a ram-raid robbery at the Neimantas Jewellers in Brighouse.
The court heard that William Cochrane reversed a black Jaguar car into one of the windows of the shop just as it closing for business on June 30.
Lister and Richard Cochrane jumped out of the vehicle and grabbed thousands of pounds worth of watches and silver jewellery from the display before the car was driven off and dumped.
It was estimated that stock worth about £20,000 had been stolen during that robbery with damage to the shop put at about £10,000.
Lister, who had previously served a three-year prison sentence for wounding with intent, pleaded guilty last November to robbing both of the women at Kingston Jewellers and possessing an imitation firearm at the time.
Lister, who also admitted his role in the robbery at the Neimantas premises, was jailed for six and nine months for the armed robbery in Halifax with a concurrent sentence of four-and-a-half years for the Brighouse ram-raid.
Barrister Adrian Farrow, for Lister, said he had gone along with the suggestion that he could clear his debts by committing the offences and he had expressed deep remorse for his crimes.
Jailing Lister Judge Colin Burn said the fact that he hadn’t taken his medication simply added to the “picture of terror” suffered by the shop staff.
Judge Burn said Lister’s guilty pleas to all the offences were the only thing that saved him from a very long sentence.
“You were targeting, as far as high shops go, perhaps the most valuable goods that could be targeted namely goods in jewellery shops,” said Judge Burn.