Knife threat by cash till robber

Cashpoints outside Sainsbury's Falsgrave store. Robbery scene.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  115044b   14/12/11
Cashpoints outside Sainsbury's Falsgrave store. Robbery scene. Picture by Andrew Higgins 115044b 14/12/11

A MAN had a 10-inch blade held to his throat in a robbery at a cash dispenser in Scarborough.

The attacker wore a classic “robber’s black and white striped top” and heavy black eyeliner because he was dressed for a party, a court heard.

Beau Hodgkins

Beau Hodgkins

The victim handed over a Blackberry Curve mobile phone worth £140, a wallet worth £15 and £20 cash.

Beau Hodgkins, 24, of Lowfield in Eastfield, approached his victim outside Sainsbury’s, off Falsgrave Road, at 6.45am on November 11.

At York Crown Court Judge Colin Burn jailed Hodgkins for four years and said his victim, a Slovakian national, would have been further intimidated by the hallowe’en make-up worn by the robber and would undoubtedly have feared for his life.

Hodgkins had pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of a bladed article – the weapon, which he manufactured from a pair of scissors.

In his police interview, Hodgkins named someone else and said they had been responsible. But David Dixon, mitigating, said Hodgkins had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and had shown remorse. “As far as he is concerned he was dressed for a hallowe’en party,” he said. “It could be said he was wearing a disguise, but it was not particularly planned or well-orchestrated.

“He had heavy black eyeliner on. It was not the type of disguise where you couldn’t see his face. For the police it was quite easy to say ‘this is the man.’

“It was out of character.”

The 31 days which Hodgkins has served in custody was deducted from the four year sentence.

A compensation order for £245 was also granted.