Six years for knife raider

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A man has been jailed for six years after raiding a shop and threatening a staff member and an elderly man with a large kitchen knife.

Martin Ronney, 46, of Westfield Place, Pellon, entered the Bargain Booze shop on King Cross Road, Halifax, on August 23, 2013.

After brandisihing the knife he demanded money from the till, took £2,300 from the store and made threats to harm the shop assistant and his family if he informed the police.

At the time of this offence Rooney’s face was covered,

Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson of Calderdale CID said identification played a key role at the three day trial at Bradford Crown Court, relying heavily on the evidence of the witnesses called.

“The sentence handed down to Martin Rooney reflects the serious nature of this offence.

“We will continue to support people going about their daily business and bring to court those carrying out violent offences such as this,” said Detective Inspector Stephenson

Rooney was found guilty of robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

Recorder Sangster sentenced Rooney to six years for the robbery and 12 months to run concurrently for possession of an offensive weapon.