Wednesday, 17 December 2008

”Let no man forget how menacing we are, we are lions!”

Ronald Kennedy, 77, decided to take action after he saw thief Richard Coleman attack a female shop assistant and grab cash from a till.

Coleman, 32, jumped over the Spar counter and pushed the terrified worker away before turning and trying to escape with £445 cash.

But Mr Kennedy, a grandfather, who was in the store to buy a Lottery ticket, hit him on the head with his walking stick as he fled.
Bravo, Mr Kennedy! And if there’s any justice, that ticket will be a winning one.
Coleman fell 'like a sack of potatoes', dropping £60 of the money before scrambling for the door and limping away.

The thief was later caught and has now been jailed for four years after admitting four shop raids in a four-day crime spree.
And let’s hope all his cellmates are reading this in their morning paper!
Mr Kennedy, a retired theatre commissionaire, was hailed for his 'public spirit' in court and has been sent a letter of thanks by a police chief.

The father-of-three, of Plymouth, Devon, said: 'This man was a damn fool. If you want money you work for it - you don't go around stealing.'
Well said. But of course, for Coleman, it appears this was his day job:
Coleman, of Basildon, Essex, used the same tactics to rob four businesses in Plymouth, Devon, on March 23 and April 10, 11 and 12.

He targeted shops staffed by women, selected a small item such as a newspaper and took it to the till to pay, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

But when the assistant opened the till, he would push her violently away, lean over the till and grab as many bank notes as he could.

During his crime spree in Plymouth, Devon, he stole a total of £1,226 from three Spar shops and a Co-Op, the court heard.
A better contrast between the two generations couldn’t really be found, could it?

Naturally, the justice system was minded to be harsh with this low life:
Judge Francis Gilbert QC praised Mr Kennedy for being 'public-spirited' and sentenced Coleman to four concurrent four year jail sentences less 198 days on remand.
That’ll teach him, I’m sure...

9 comments:

ranter said...

Back out thieving, robbing and wasting his DNA whilst getting state benefits in under 1.5 years.

That'll learn him big time!

David Duff said...

'Ello, 'ello, what's this? Bashin' a man on the 'ead wiv a walking stick. Right, you're nicked! Bloody 'ooligan, you should know better at your age!

Ross said...

He isn't a very good robber is he? £1200 in 4 robberies and then getting beaten up by a pensioner seems like a pretty meagre return.

Gibby Haynes said...

Buy that man a pint of best. Nothing warms the cockles of my heart more than these extra-judicial pensioners.

JuliaM said...

"He isn't a very good robber is he? "

Another of Blair and Brown's legacy of underachievers... :)

James Higham said...

Mr Kennedy, a retired theatre commissionaire, was hailed for his 'public spirit' in court and has been sent a letter of thanks by a police chief.

Very surprised he wasn't had up for assault in this society today.

Furry Conservative said...

I can't believe the old fella wasn't arrested for this. Just what are the police doing in that part of the country? By letting him get away with it, it is a massive signal to other pensioners to go around assaulting young men with impunity.

Next thing you know far-right groups will capture the local police force when the Chief Constable has to stand for election.

On a more serious note, what is the point of concurrent sentences? You only serve one of them. It is a con, a box-ticking exercise.

JuliaM said...

"On a more serious note, what is the point of concurrent sentences?"

Oh, agreed! It utterly stumps me.

Perhaps they think by the time the 'education' system's done it's worst, people will think that means 'consecutively'..?

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