Men who robbed Graig y Rhacca post office at knifepoint are sentenced
Updated 11:52am Wednesday 12th March 2014 in News
TWO men who stole hundreds of pounds from a sub postmaster in a knifepoint robbery are beginning sentences totalling more than six years.
Jordan Kerr, 21, brandished the 8in blade in front of post office worker Simon Jones, while accomplice Connor Flew, 19, acted as a lookout outside the sub post office branch in Graig y Rhacca, Caerphilly, a court heard.
The pair ran off with £1,600, but were captured on CCTV which showed them outside the premises before they concealed their faces with scarves and hoods, Cardiff Crown Court heard.
Sentencing the pair, Judge Wyn Williams said: “You must realise that what you did was very serious and frightening to Mr Jones.”
The raiders were caught after they called a taxi and police recovered the stolen cash, the court was told.
Both pleaded guilty to the robbery on January 17 this year.
Serial robber Kerr, of Third Ave, Trecenydd, Caerphilly, was jailed for four years for his part in the raid.
He was sentenced for two robberies in 2005 and 2006, possessing an offensive weapon in 2009 and an attempted robbery in 2010, the court heard.
Kerr said after the robbery that he would have “never injured” Mr Jones and that he was “truly sorry” for his actions.
His barrister, Steve Thomas, acknowledged that the robbery must have been “traumatic” for the 47-year-old sub postmaster, but said his client took full responsibility for what he had done.
Flew, of Heol Cae Bach, Pontypool, was locked up for two years and eight months in a young offenders’ institution.
Court records showed that his criminal record included 11 offences, including thefts, an assault causing actual bodily harm and dishonesty.
His barrister, Heath Edwards, said that his client was not the leader during the offence and his actions as a lookout were “peripheral” to the robbery.
Judge Williams imposed a restraining order preventing the pair from contacting Mr Jones or going to his post office until another order is made.
The judge also ordered the destruction of the knife, which was recovered in a garden.
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