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Oakenshaw man in 'hamfisted' bookies raid bid sentenced
A man who tried to rob a Bradford bookies by making the shape of a gun with his fingers was at first treated as a joke, a court heard.
He threatened manager Denise Jones while the £3,000 takings were being cashed up, shortly before the 9.30pm closing time on July 23 last year.
Mrs Jones, 42, who was behind a reinforced glass screen, had seen Wright in the shop at least 60 times in the past year and recognised him immediately, despite him wearing a hood and a scarf over his face.
He had won £1,200 on gaming machines in there that day but gambled it all away again.
Wright, of Cross Street, Oakenshaw, Bradford, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery.
He was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with 200 hours of unpaid work and a probation order.
Judge Peter Benson told Wright yesterday: “This was a hamfisted attempt that was doomed to failure and if you had been sober you would have realised it.”
Prosecutor Martin Robertshaw said Wright raised two fingers on his right hand in the style of a gun and stuck them through a gap above the counter, shouting: “Give me your money”.
He shoved a plastic bag through but Mrs Jones said: “No, Dave”.
Wright put on a fake Scottish accent in further bid to avoid detection.
Mrs Jones told the police she at first thought it was a joke but was afterwards shocked and distressed.
Mr Robertshaw said the robbery attempt was aggravated by Wright wearing a disguise and planning the offence.
But Judge Benson replied: “If he was wearing a disguise it wasn’t a very effective one, and if it was planned it was not very well planned.”
In mitigation, Adam Walker, Wright’s solicitor advocate, said he was working hard to pay his mortgage and had kept out of trouble for six years before the offence.
“It was an aberration at the time,” Mr Walker said.