Raider chucked chocolate at victims to get till open
The victim of a knifepoint robbery in Ashford was so traumatised he quit his job.
Lee Sullivan, 30, went into the One Stop shop in Court Wurtin, off Beaver Lane, South Ashford armed with a Stanley knife.
After frightening staff, he threw a number of Curly Wurlys at assistant Tom Calnan and ordered him to scan them so the till would open.
Then the hooded robber snatched up to £300 and fled, thinking he had got away with the robbery.
But Canterbury Crown Court heard the raider dumped the balaclava and knife with his DNA all over the items nearby and they were found and recognised the following day in May last year.
Sullivan, of Tadburn Green, Chatham, tried to explain his DNA on the balaclava by claiming he used it in a sex game.
He was jailed for nine years after admitting robbery and possessing a knife in public.
He had failed to show up for a hearing last year and an arrest warrant was issued.
Judge James O’Mahony told him it was remarkable he had been granted bail by magistrates at the earlier hearing.
He had heard how Mr Calnan and his colleague, Sally-Ann Perkins, who had been the victim of an earlier attack, had been working in the shop when Sullivan arrived shouting and swearing at them.
The raid was caught on CCTV but Sullivan’s face was hidden by the balaclava. However he had discarded the items where they were discovered the following day.
The judge heard how Mr Calnan was so traumatised by the incident he left his job.
Det Insp Cara Ferguson, a senior investigating officer in the case, said: “This was a brazen and malevolent robbery carried out by a man who has shown himself to be a clear threat to society.
“He subjected the victim to a terrifying ordeal and then repeat- edly denied the offence, despite the conclusive evidence against him. Ashford is safer with Sul- livan in custody, and I hope this sentence provides closure for the victim.”
Clockwise from top left, the knife Lee Sullivan used, Lee Sullivan; CCTV footage of the robbery and judge James O’Mahony