Redditch shopkeeper praised for disarming robber who held knife to his throat (From Redditch Advertiser)
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Redditch shopkeeper praised for disarming robber who held knife to his throat
10:20am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A REDDITCH shopkeeper has been commended for disarming an armed robber who pointed a knife at his throat.
Recorder Denis Desmond said Salim Sindthani behaved very bravely when confronted by an aggressive man in R and Z Stores in Costers Lane, Reddditch.
Daniel Aston, aged 21, of no fixed address, was jailed at Worcester Crown Court after pleading guilty to the attempted robbery on July 23.
He burst into the shop mid-afternoon when Mr Sindthani was behind the counter serving customers, said Rhydian James, prosecuting. He recognised Aston, who was all hyped-up and aggressive. He walked round the counter and threatened him with a 15 inch knife.
The customers were terrified, said Mr James, and a six-year-old girl began to cry. One of them thought Aston was going to stab the manager but Mr Sindthani managed to grab Aston's wrist and the knife fell to the floor.
Aston was persuaded to come into the body of the shop where he was given a pack of cigarettes and taken outside to have a smoke and calm down.
He said: "I don't know what I'm doing."
When arrested by police, Aston said: "I did it to get some money for drugs." He also said he had been threatened by two other men to carry out the robbery but this did not appear to be the case.
Aston had several court appearances in the past two years and was given a suspended jail sentence on June 18 for battery. Brett Wilson, mitigating, said Aston was high on mixture of cocaine, cannabis and cider. His brain had just ‘fizzled out’.
Aston had mental problems and needed medication. He had been upset by the break-up of a relationship and lost contact with his two-year-old son and two-month-old daughter. He intended to write an apology to Mr Sindthani.
Recorder Desmond said Aston had been aggressive and armed with a nasty weapon. He imposed a four-year setence for the attempted robbery plus two years concurrently for having a bladed article in a public place. He added on four months for the breach of the suspended sentence.
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