Robbers should have got longer in prison – victim

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A TEENAGER threatened with a broken bottle during a shop robbery says his assailants’ sentences are too short.

Louis Smith was working at McColls in Broadlaw Walk, Fareham, when prolific offenders Mark Maguire and Reece Dimmock struck, fleeing with £851 of takings.

Now Dimmock, 22, has been sentenced to three years and four months in jail for his role in the robbery.

Maguire, 32, has been jailed for five years and three months.

On his release he will be subject to an extended licence period of four years.

Mr Smith, from Havant, said: ‘I don’t think it’s enough.

‘There are other people who’ve had a troubled background in life and they haven’t done this.

‘I had to leave my job. I can’t work in retail any more.

‘I wouldn’t take any time off work for it. I wouldn’t let it affect my life.

‘But I quit about three weeks ago because I couldn’t handle it.

‘Every time someone walked into the shop I was thinking they were going to rob me.’

Portsmouth Crown Court heard the pair ‘cased’ the shop before returning to rob it.

Maguire jumped onto the counter, smashed a glass bottle, grabbed 19-year-old Mr Smith by one arm and held the broken bottle against the other, demanding cash. Meanwhile Dimmock kept lookout at the door.

Stuart Ellacott, prosecuting, said of Maguire: ‘He said “I’m not going to hurt you but don’t be stupid”. He was then forced round to the till.

‘Mr Smith was then trying to put in his password to open the till. He could hear Mr Dimmock at the door shouting “hurry up, hurry up, open the till”.’

The pair fled with the cash a short while later.

Both men had recently been released from jail on licence having served lengthy prison terms for unconnected robberies.

They were living at a nearby bail hostel in Trinity Street, Fareham, when they robbed the shop on August 18.

Dimmock, who has convictions for 22 previous offences, admitted one count of robbery. Maguire, who has convictions for 38 previous offences, admitted one count of possessing an offensive weapon in public.