Seven years for terror raid on garage victim

PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 10 June 2010

Two petrol station shop raiders, whose terrified victim fought back, have been jailed for a total of seven and a half years. Exeter Crown Court heard how 18-year-old Frank Lee and 20-year-old Miles Hull went into the Jet Garage shop in Salterton Road, Exm

Two petrol station shop raiders, whose terrified victim fought back, have been jailed for a total of seven and a half years.Exeter Crown Court heard how 18-year-old Frank Lee and 20-year-old Miles Hull went into the Jet Garage shop in Salterton Road, Exmouth, and confronted the assistant Sue Davies.Hull swung a bottle at the victim and Ms Davies retaliated by throwing beer over Lee.Hull then began throwing bottles of alcohol at the victim. Most of them smashed on the floor but one of them struck Ms Davies on the arm.Prosecutor Sean Brunton said the pair then made off, taking with them bottles of lager and wine as they made their escape. Lee was later identified by Ms Davies on an identity parade and Hull was caught by police after they had reviewed the closed circuit surveillance cameras at the scene.Both defendants made no comment when they were interviewed.The court heard that Lee had six previous convictions but nothing as serious as this offence which had moved him into a different league.Hull had committed 37 previous offences including convictions for arson and possessing offensive weapons.Lee and Hull, both of no fixed address, admitted the joint robbery and were jailed for three and a half and four years respectively.Passing sentence Judge Graham Cottle told them: "The victim in this case was extremely frightened and vulnerable and you have accepted this was a joint enterprise and custody is inevitable."The judge said the sentences reflected Lee's early plea of guilty to the offence.

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