Jail term cut for gin robber

Robert Lee Wall
Robert Lee Wall
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A ROBBER who held a fake gun to the head of a terrified shop worker has had his prison sentence cut.

Robert Lee Wall, 23, of Welfare View, Goldthorpe, in Barnsley was jailed for seven years at Sheffield Crown Court after admitting robbery and possessing an imitation firearm with intent.

At the Court of Appeal in London his lawyers argued his jail term was too long considering he was battling alcoholism at the time of the raid.

Judges agreed and reduced his sentence to six years.

The court heard Wall entered the Co-op in Goldthorpe last July, wearing a dark hood and wielding a fake gun.

He held a gun to the head of one of an assistant and told another worker to get him money from the till or “someone is going to get hurt”. He made off with £90 and a bottle of gin.

Wall was spotted on CCTV, his palm prints were found on the counter and the bottle was found in a bin near his home.