Rob­ber who beat man un­con­scious is jailed

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A MAN who beat a post of­fice worker un­con­scious dur­ing a rob­bery has been jailed for 13 years.

Daniel Car­pen­ter, 36, stole around £1,000 cash in a raid at Crum­lin Post Of­fice on Septem­ber 9 last year.

Dur­ing the in­ci­dent, Car­pen­ter, from Crum­lin, beat a 55-year-old man un­con­scious with a metal bar.

Two months later on Novem­ber 14, he and an uniden­ti­fied ac­com­plice car­ried out an­other rob­bery at Al­bion Road Ser­vice Sta­tion in Pon­ty­pool. They were armed with a metal bar and a knife and made off with cash and cig­a­rettes.

Car­pen­ter was also charged with ar­son re­lated to a car fire on Man­moel Road in Black­wood, also in Novem­ber 2017.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of rob­bery, one of ar­son and one of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice at New­port Crown Court on April 13.

PC Martyn New­man said: “Car­pen­ter took no re­spon­si­bil­ity for his ac­tions and showed no re­morse through­out the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“He lied and claimed in­no­cence right up un­til the morn­ing his trial was due to com­mence. It was only at the last minute he pleaded guilty.

“The sen­tence given re­flects the se­ri­ous­ness of Car­pen­ter’s crimes.

“We are con­tin­u­ing to un­der­take in­quiries to iden­tify a sec­ond of­fender in­volved in the Al­bion Road fill­ing sta­tion rob­bery. If you think you can as­sist please call 101 quot­ing log 514 14/11/17.”

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