Sheffield robber loses appeal over jail sentence

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A masked mugger who attempted to rob a Sheffield shopkeeper carrying £1,500 in cash deserved his ‘severe’ sentence, judges have ruled.

Glen Fennessy, aged 39, was jailed for five years and three months at Sheffield Crown Court in March after admitting attempting to rob Manvir Samara last October.

Mr Samara was targeted by Fennessy, of Burnaby Crescent, Langsett, Sheffield, and an unknown accomplice, while walking to his car in Wybourn with his day’s takings.

Fennessy’s accomplice brandished a knife and demanded the takings - or the shopkeeper would be stabbed, he said.

Sheffield’s Court of Appeal heard Fennessy backed up his fellow mugger’s threats.

There was a struggle but Mr Samara managed to break free and grabbed Fennessy’s balaclava, on which his DNA was found.

Fennessy’s legal team claimed his sentence was too ‘harsh’ but judges disagreed.

Judge Michael Pert QC said Fennessy and his accomplice had ‘targeted a vulnerable shopkeeper’.

And he ruled: “This was a serious offence by a man who had committed similar offences in the past.

“The sentence, while severe, was wholly merited.”