A KNIFE raider who threatened three Halifax shopkeepers was caught after one of them drove him from his store with a chair.
Faisal Ali, 19, of Queen’s Road, Halifax, targeted newsagents within five minutes of his home, disguising his face with a hoodie and holding the blade inches from his victims’ necks before rifling their tills.
He stole between £300 and £500 at Queen’s Road Newsagents in November and £100 from King Cross Road Newsagents.
The next day Ali struck again – but met his match in plucky Ghulam Rasool, owner of Rasool’s Newsagent in Parkinson Lane, Halifax.
Mr Rasool fought back but in preventing Ali from opening the till was hit in the face, a court heard.
He received minor injuries, including a cut hand from the knife, but managed to force the teenager out of his shop using a chair and a pole.
A witness saw the robber run home and he was arrested shortly afterwards.
Ali, who pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing, has now been handed a four-year sentence at Bradford Crown Court for robbery, attempted robbery and possessing a bladed article.
Solhail Khan, mitigating, said Ali had an IQ of 63 and was less intelligent than 99 per cent of his fellow teenagers.
The court heard he committed the crimes to fund his drug habit.
Recorder Graham Cook said: “The off-
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ences were clearly pre-planned and there were vulnerable victims involved.
“If you go into a shop to rob somebody with a weapon and they bravely try and stop you then you take any consequences of that.
“It seems that these shopkeepers are known to your family and so there is disgrace upon your family and you must live with that yourself.”
Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson, of Calderdale CID, said: “These were cowardly attacks within his own local community, targeting lone shop workers going about their daily business.
“We hope that the sentence today serves as some comfort for the victims and acts as a deterrent for others.
“We would like to thank the local community for their efforts in helping to bring this man to justice.”