Robber’s steel-toe boot threat to lad, 17

A ROBBER has been locked up for a year after threatening a 17-year-old shop worker with a steel toe-capped boot.

William Smith, 26, went to McColls in Luddenden Foot armed with the boot and told the teenage cashier there he was going to take two crates of beer worth £15.89.

When the boy objected, he turned aggressive, Bradford Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Bashir Ahmed said: “The defendant then puts the boot towards the face of the cashier and says: ‘Feel that.’

“At that point the cashier felt intimidated.

“The defendant said to him: ‘If you try and stop me I’ll hit you in the face with it.

“He was acting aggressively, slurring his words and the cashier said he smelled heavily of lager.

“At that point he simply picked up two crates of beer and walked out of the door with them.”

Staff recognised Smith from CCTV footage and he was arrested on October 14, five days after the robbery.

He admitted stealing the beer but denied making the threats. When police showed him the footage he said he could not remember.

He was on licence from a jail term for shoplifting at the time. The court heard his criminal record is littered with theft and other petty offences since 2005.

Smith, of Hillside Avenue, Luddenden Foot, pleaded guilty to the robbery at his first hearing.

Michele Stuart-Lofthouse, mitigating, said he had been under a lot of pressure at the time.

His brother Luke Smith, 18, was in hospital with serious injuries after the Luddenden Foot car crash that killed Nathan Horsfall, 29, in August.

The judge, Recorder Neil Davey QC, said: “You did this because you were drunk and wanted to get more drink, and you achieved your objective.

“Whilst I’m not unsympathetic to the difficulties you were facing, you know as well as I do that this is the sort of offending that’s so serious that only an immediate custodial sentence can be passed.”