Sheffield petrol station robber has year cut from jail term

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A drug-fuelled robber who raided a Sheffield petrol station has had a year slashed from his jail sentence.

Wayne Mathis Robinson, 30, has had his four-year prison term for a robbery at the Esso garage on Prince of Wales Road cut by 12 months at the Criminal Court of Appeal.

Robinson, was spotted by a cashier acting suspiciously outside the petrol station on October 4 last year.

She tried to lock the door to prevent him getting in but failed.

Robinson, of Queen Street, Mosborough, bought cigarettes but after she had shut the till, he stood in front of her and said, ‘I am going to do you one if you don’t open it’.

He put his hand in his pocket in a gesture which she took to mean that he had a weapon, although none was produced. The fearful cashier opened the till and Robinson took £120 and ran out.

Robinson pleaded guilty to robbery at Sheffield Crown Court and was sentenced in February.

His barrister Rebecca Tanner argued his sentence was ‘manifestly excessive’ as he had not used a weapon and no injury was caused.

Robinson had previous convictions for 33 offences, including burglary, possession of a firearm with intent, dangerous driving, theft and affray.

Robinson said he had been on a ‘drug-fuelled binge’ following his brother’s suicide. Agreeing the sentence was too tough, Lady Justice Hallett said: ‘We are obliged to proceed on the basis that he did not have a weapon, he merely pretended that he had one.”