Robber marched teenager to cash machine

First published in News

A TEENAGER was marched to a cash machine by a robber who threatened to stab him in the back with a meat cleaver, a court heard.

Aaron Booth, who has an extensive criminal record, was sentenced to four years in jail with a three-year extended period on licence for public protection, at Bolton Crown Court yesterday.

Jennifer Birch, prosecuting, told Recorder Craig Osborne how, in the early hours of November 9, the 17-year-old student was walking from his father’s house along Chorley Old Road and stopped at the Spar shop to withdraw £10 from his account.

The teenager bought some items, but as he left the shop he noticed Booth, smoking a cigarette and watching him.

As the victim walked up Avenue Street, Booth circled him on a bicycle before grabbing his jumper and producing a 6in bladed knife.

Ms Birch said the defendant told him if police went past then he was going to put the knife in the victim’s back.

The terrified victim was taken to a cash machine at a nearby post office and made to enter his card PIN to prove no money was in his account.

Booth, aged 27, of Elmwood Grove, Bolton, took the teenager back along Avenue Street, but the victim managed to run off.

A police officer later identified Booth, who pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery, from CCTV footage.

The victim said, in a statement, “I have never been so scared in my life”, adding that he was terrified Booth would catch him when he ran away.

“I have no doubt he would have stabbed me,” he said.

Ann Deakin, defending, said Booth had taken drugs and had no recollection of the offence. She added that he is in danger of becoming institutionalised because he has spent so long in prison.

“This is a young man that, from a very early age, has spent very little time in the outside world,” she said.

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9:33am Sat 5 Jan 13

piszoff says...

“This is a young man that, from a very early age, has spent very little time in the outside world,” 27 years is not young
“This is a young man that, from a very early age, has spent very little time in the outside world,” 27 years is not young piszoff
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10:18am Sat 5 Jan 13

Reed Lover says...

Throw away the key. He might have "problems" or "issues", life might have dealt him a crummy hand, who knows, but who cares?
I'm sick of repeat offenders constantly being given another chance. If he's a danger or menace to society remove him, permanently. I don't believe that protecting the rights of any individual should infringe the rights of other, innocent, people.
Protect the majority.
Throw away the key. He might have "problems" or "issues", life might have dealt him a crummy hand, who knows, but who cares? I'm sick of repeat offenders constantly being given another chance. If he's a danger or menace to society remove him, permanently. I don't believe that protecting the rights of any individual should infringe the rights of other, innocent, people. Protect the majority. Reed Lover
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3:08pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Rocket_Scientist says...

Put Booth to sleep humanely so he will not offend again. Why spend more money on keeping him in prison, wasting taxpayers money. Give me the needle I will do it.
Put Booth to sleep humanely so he will not offend again. Why spend more money on keeping him in prison, wasting taxpayers money. Give me the needle I will do it. Rocket_Scientist
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6:15pm Sat 5 Jan 13

gonchbwfc says...

do ya rip ya ****
do ya rip ya **** gonchbwfc
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9:02pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Bolton5 says...

Sick of hearing pathetic excuses and lies from people defending these scum, should have got 20 years
Sick of hearing pathetic excuses and lies from people defending these scum, should have got 20 years Bolton5
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9:18pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Horwich Observer says...

I don't believe these lawyers that defend these low-life animals, really believe the excuses that are made to excuse the crimes committed like this.
I don't believe these lawyers that defend these low-life animals, really believe the excuses that are made to excuse the crimes committed like this. Horwich Observer
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10:06pm Sat 5 Jan 13

farnworth's mafia says...

i wud love to launch dis shythead
i wud love to launch dis shythead farnworth's mafia
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10:12pm Sat 5 Jan 13

farnworth's mafia says...

i wud love to launch dis shythead
i wud love to launch dis shythead farnworth's mafia
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1:43pm Sun 6 Jan 13

saj70n says...

This thug needs to spend more time behind bars.
This thug needs to spend more time behind bars. saj70n
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12:46pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Halliwell Mandem says...

listen u **** punks sort ur heads out, is this how u get through ur day commenting on news paper articles, sad basterd, azz booth rides bolton everytime hes on the streets and none of u **** basterds say anything to him then.. wasting tax payers money keeping him in jail haha! its okay i pay mine to keep him there and don't moan so get on with it.. and u farnworth mafia what a **** gimp u cant evn name urself ur only scared he lived up farnworth for time not even any of u **** couldnt confront him i would love to launch u tell me ur name u **** none of u stuck up **** diss my bro off like this

Smally
listen u **** punks sort ur heads out, is this how u get through ur day commenting on news paper articles, sad basterd, azz booth rides bolton everytime hes on the streets and none of u **** basterds say anything to him then.. wasting tax payers money keeping him in jail haha! its okay i pay mine to keep him there and don't moan so get on with it.. and u farnworth mafia what a **** gimp u cant evn name urself ur only scared he lived up farnworth for time not even any of u **** couldnt confront him i would love to launch u tell me ur name u **** none of u stuck up **** diss my bro off like this Smally Halliwell Mandem
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