Chatham man jailed for attempted knife point robbery
A would-be robber who was fended off with a stick has been sentenced to four years imprisonment.
Richard Miles threatened a shop worker in Chatham with a kitchen knife in July 2018 but ran from the scene after a family member of the victim managed to fend him off. He was arrested by Kent Police officers on the same evening.
The 34-year-old, of Village View in Chatham, pleaded not guilty to attempted robbery and having a bladed article. He was found guilty by a jury and sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday 9 January.
The court heard that at around 7.15pm on Thursday 19 July Miles entered a newsagent in Luton High Street.
Once inside he threatened a member of staff with a kitchen knife and demanded they open the till.
A family member of the shop worker saw Miles making the threats and grabbed a stick usually used to pull down the shop shutters. He then confronted the offender, who backed out of the store and ran from the scene.
No items were stolen from the store.
The clothing Miles wore during the offence was found discarded in an alleyway at the end of Nelson Terrace and, while an area search was taking place, a witness told officers they had seen Miles jump over a garden fence.
Officers went on to locate Miles at the offence and arrested him on suspicion of robbery.
Detective Constable Dan Bister, the investigating officer for the case, said: ‘Miles attempted to carry out a brazen and poorly thought out robbery against an innocent shop worker.
‘Although the incident only lasted around 30 seconds, the victim had every reason to fear their life was in danger and it took a huge amount of courage from her family member to protect her from coming to harm.
‘Miles is now safely in prison, where he is unable to harm the public.’