Knife robbery gets drug addict five years in jail

A ROBBER who held a Heckmondwike shopkeeper at knifepoint has been jailed for more than five years.

Stewart Stone, 23, entered the Top Shop Mini Market on Leeds Road at around 8pm on March 7.

Leeds Crown Court heard that victim Fahim Kamini was working alone in the store when Stone came in brandishing a knife.

Stone, of Wharton Terrace, Heckmondwike, demanded money from the shopkeeper and began pressing buttons on the till.

Mr Kamini thought it was a joke and laughed until he reached out to touch the knife and cut his hand.

Alisha Kaye, prosecuting, said Stone, who was already subject to a community order for drug offences, left the premises with £500 in cash.

Mr Kamini had seen the defendant in the area before and was able to alert police.

A seven-inch kitchen knife believed to be the weapon involved in the robbery was found by a member of the public under his car.

Stone admitted robbery, having an offensive weapon and breaching the community order.

Anastasis Tassou, for Stone, said his client was taking drugs and emotionally vulnerable at the time but his situation has improved since.

Stone was jailed for five years and eight months. District judge Jacqueline Davies said of Mr Kamini’s ordeal: “This was a terrifying experience for this man.”

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