Sheffield robber jailed for one year for every £30 he stole

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A Sheffield robber jailed for seven years for armed raid in which a woman was threatened with a machete and hunting knife got 12 months behind bars for every £30 he stole.

Jamie John Wild, aged 25, of Westminster Crescent, Lodge Moor, held up TC's Mini Mart in Catcliffe, Rotherham, with two other men and escaped with £200 in a raid described by police as 'violent' and 'nasty'.

His victim, Caroline Fieldhouse, a 38-year-old mum-of-three, escaped unharmed but detectives said she endured a 'traumatic ordeal'.

Her husband, Terry Fieldhouse, 41, said lives could have been lost.

"If somebody comes in waving a machete about, the potential is there for fatalities. This could easily have ended differently if they had slipped with that machete," he said.

"The consequences don't bear thinking about. Children could have been left without their mother, who was simply doing her job."

Terry, whose shop has been held up once before, described the risk the robbers took 'for a quick hit' as 'ridiculous'.

"They only got away with £200, which equates to about £30 for every year Wild got behind bars. Was it worth it? Was it worth putting people's lives at risk?" he said.

"It is ridiculous what people will do for a quick hit and is a sad indictment of society today, showing the lengths that people will go to for their next fix when drugs are at play, as I believe they were on this occasion."

Detective Sergeant Iain Martin, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Wild threatened a member of staff in the shop and thankfully she wasn’t injured but nevertheless was subjected to a traumatic ordeal as Wild brandished the weapons in front of her.

“He then stole just under £200 cash from the till before running from the area. Through extensive forensic and phone work we were able to identify Wild and he was quickly arrested, brought into custody and charged.

“I’m pleased with yesterday’s result and that Wild has been given a lengthy jail term for what was a violent, nasty attack for his own financial gain."

Wild pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court.