South Yorkshire axe-wielding robber jailed

Audiovision, Laughton Road, Dinnington  (w120821-12)
Audiovision, Laughton Road, Dinnington (w120821-12)
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AN ARMED robber who brandished an axe during a raid at a South Yorkshire store has been jailed for three-and-a half years.

Father-of-three John Galloway, aged 30, admitted robbing the Audiovision store, Laughton Road, Dinnington, last August.

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Sheffield Crown Court heard Galloway of Laughton Road, knocked on the backdoor of the store after first checking out the premises.

Thinking the knock indicated a delivery, a staff member opened the door.

However, instead of finding a delivery man, the member of staff was confronted by Galloway, who was wearing a balaclava and wielding an axe.

The court was told Galloway demanded money and was handed £15 from the till.

He then screamed: “That is not good enough.”

The terrified staff member handed over a cash tin which contained £200.

Galloway, who the court heard had 61 previous convictions, again screamed: “That is not good enough.”

He then smashed the axe through the counter, picked up the tin and fled.

Galloway was later arrested after police studied CCTV footage of the robbery.

Sentencing, Judge Paul Watson QC said Galloway had ‘a long and unattractive history of previous convictions’, although none involved violence.

He said: “I take the view that there were aggravated features here.

“You were wearing a disguise and there was an element of pre-planning.”

The court also heard Galloway’s brother, 28-year-old Philip, of Manor Road, Dinnington, had lied to police on his brother’s behalf after they discovered the axe used in the robbery in his garden shed.

Philip Galloway admitted conspiring to pervert the course of justice, but was spared custody after the judge heard he had already spent four months in prison awaiting the hearing,

He was ordered to complete a six-month community order. He was also placed under a curfew for three months, meaning he cannot leave his home between the hours of 9pm and 6am.