A burglar from Litherland who raided a Bootle corner shop was tracked down - after using his own car as a getaway vehicle.
Shopkeeper Ahmed Almiri and his brother had rushed round to their shop in the early hours of the morning after learning that the shutters had been partly raised.
They discovered cigarette packets on the floor and the brothers decided to check the CCTV footage.
“While doing so the burglars returned and went into the shop. Ahmed gave chase and caught one of them but a second male kicked him so the detained burglar could escape,” explained Mark Phillips, prosecuting.
He told Liverpool Crown Court today (17th March) how the victim’s brother, Mohammed caught the second man but was punched in the face. During a scuffle the intruder threatened to shoot his brother and so he decided not to continue trying to detain them and both burglars fled.
When CCTV footage was examined the car the burglars had used was spotted and it was found to be registered to Gary Bailey. He was later arrested and when interviewed declined to answer any questions.
In an impact statement Ahmed Amiri said he had been left physically shaken. “I was kicked and punched and suffered scratches and bruising to my left arm, hand and shoulder.”
He added, “I was terrified and had pain down my left side for two days. I am now scared when I have to lock up the shop and have had trouble sleeping.”
The court heard that at the time of the raid at the shop in Stanley Road, on December 22 last year, Bailey was on bail after being found with two serrated knives in the car he was driving on October 17.
Police had stopped the Peugeot 308 and noticing a strong smell of cannabis it was searched and one knife was found in the glove compartment and another in the boot, said Mr Phillips.
37-year-old Bailey, of New Market Close, Litherland, pleaded guilty to burglary, assault by beating, possessing a bladed article and driving while disqualified and without insurance.
Jailing him for a total of two years four months Judge Stuart Driver, QC, said, “It was a bad assault.He had to deal with two men and one of them kicked him while he was trying to prevent the other from escaping and it has had a significant impact on him.”
He added that the fact he was on bail at the time for the earlier offence was an aggravating factor. He banned him from driving for three years two months.
Desmond Lennon, defending, said that Bailey, who had ten previous convictions including robbery, had not committed burglary before.
He lives with his partner and her two children, whom he looks after like a father, and at the time as he had not been working for some time they were in severe financial difficulties.
“He involved himself for modest reward which he did not get.”
Mr Lennon said Bailey, who has an eight-year-old son from a previous relationship, had been offered £100 to drive the other man and did not realise he intended to carry out a burglary. When he was told to get involved “he felt he had no alternative but to co-operate.”
He realised he had made a “remarkably stupid decision” and he is embarrassed and ashamed. While on remand in custody his mum died and he had to attend her funeral in handcuffs, added Mr Lennon.