Lyam Ridley, 31, admitted threatening Mihir Amin, a worker at Cellar Plus, in Whitmore Way,Basildon, with a 7ins blade.
Mr Amin, 44, used a stool l from behind the counter to keep the knifeman at bay and refused to hand over any money.
As he appeared at Basildon Crown Court for sentencing, Ridley, of Gobions, Basildon, collapsed in the dock during a suspected epileptic seizure.Hah! Like that’s going to work, matey!
Judge Adrian Williams QC took pity on him, suspended his 18-month prison sentence.Oh.
Jumoke Hughes, mitigating, said Ridley was addicted to class A drugs at the time of the attempted robbery on Saturday, July 11, and had been put up to it by a friend.
She said: “Ridley’s health has deteriorated somewhat, specifically his epilepsy. He is currently staying with family in Norwich as the level of seizures he is experiencing at the moment, he needs to stay with his family.”Funny how his ‘disability’ didn’t seem to affect his life of crime, eh?
Sentencing, Judge Williams QC told him: “Robbery is taken extremely seriously by the courts, particularly an attempted robbery which involves the use of a weapon.
“The victim of this particular robbery feared for his life.
“A period of imprisonment is inevitable in almost every case, but having regard to the particular circumstances in this case, in that the defendant pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, is a man of good character and has a number of health difficulties, I am willing to suspend the sentence.”Yes, yes, we all know that the legal term ‘a man of good character’ just means he hasn’t been found guilty of anything else, but come on..!
Mr Amin said he was disappointed with the sentence.You’re not alone.