Robber beat up ex-serviceman to steal £10 - then threatened police he would 'do a Cregan'

The Bolton News: JAILED: Christopher Burtak JAILED: Christopher Burtak

A VIOLENT robber — who left an ex-serviceman unconscious at a cashpoint so he could steal just £10 — has been jailed.

When he was accosted by police, Christopher Burtak later threatened to "do a Cregan" - a referance to Dale Cregan, the murderer who killed two female police officers in a gun and grenade attack in Manchester.

Burtak and his accomplice launched the savage attack on Jeff Banks as he withdrew money from a machine in Halliwell Road, Bolton Crown Court heard.

The 57-year-old victim suffered a fractured cheekbone and bruises all over his body, and his attackers fled in his disabled wife’s Vauxhall Astra which had been parked across the road.

Mr Banks, who has recovered physically from the robbery, is still receiving treatment from military medical staff for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Burtak, aged 25, of no fixed address, claimed he had only acted as a lookout during the robbery at 11.30pm on June 6.

But sentencing him to six years and nine months in prison, Judge Peter Davies said: “As a lookout you facilitated this attack and your conduct demonstrates you approved of this action."

The stolen Astra was found damaged in Peterhead Close and fingerprints linked Burtak, who has previous convictions for stabbing a victim with a drill and several robberies, with the crime.

Burtak, who was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine at the time of the attack, was found by police in the early hours of June 7 hiding in a burger van outside a house nearby.

After a struggle — which caused about £1,000 of damage to the burger van — Burtak told officers: “Let me out of these cuffs or I will do a ‘Cregan’ on you.”

Judge Davies said the threats were “insidious”, given officers had so recently lost colleagues in the line of duty.

Dale Cregan, aged 30, was handed a whole-life tariff after he admitted luring PC Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bone to a house in Tameside before he killed the unarmed officers in a gun and grenade attack.

Cregan also admitted the murders of David Short, aged 46, and his son Mark, aged 23, in August and May 2012.

Bolton Crown Court heard how Mr Banks’ life has not been the same since the robbery.

In a written statement, read out to the court, he said before the attack he was a “relatively healthy, 57-year-old ex-serviceman”, but that this trauma had left him feeling vulnerable in a way he never had felt before.

He had been subject to a “vicious and unprovoked” assault, the extent of which only became clear after he was shown photographs when he regained consciousness in hospital.

Mr Banks said he now feels “jumpy” when out with his family, which upsets his children, and is wary of any youths wearing hoodies on the streets.

Nick Ross, defending, told the court that Burtak had no idea the robbery would have such a profound impact on Mr Banks.

He added: “May I say how truly sorry the defendant is for his actions. I think the pre-sentence report makes it clear that the consequences have made him feel quite devastated.”

Mr Ross said Burtak felt angry and let down by the system. He was penniless, having received no state benefits since leaving prison, and he was living away from his Bolton family at a youth hostel in Bury.


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The court heard Burtak was first convicted of a juvenile offence in 2003, aged 15.

Three years later he was sentenced to four years in prison after stabbing a man with a drill during an attempted burglary.

Burtak was also convicted in 2011 for two robberies on taxi drivers in Bolton, and had been out of prison on licence for less than a month before the attack on Mr Banks.

Judge Davies said: “You have shown no clear remorse and receive only minimum credit for your plea, as you did so only when the chance of an unmerited acquittal appeared remote because of new evidence.”

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9:19am Wed 4 Dec 13

MarkAllRead says...

What a loser. However, we really need to get to the source of the neverending supply of these losers. How, when and why did he give up on being a decent member of society? Who taught him his moral code, and where did they get theirs from?
What a loser. However, we really need to get to the source of the neverending supply of these losers. How, when and why did he give up on being a decent member of society? Who taught him his moral code, and where did they get theirs from? MarkAllRead

9:20am Wed 4 Dec 13

chris25 says...

pathetic excuse for a human being.
pathetic excuse for a human being. chris25

9:24am Wed 4 Dec 13

goldie47 says...

lets all hope he gets his just rewards in prison
lets all hope he gets his just rewards in prison goldie47

10:15am Wed 4 Dec 13

Donkey Stone says...

Why do the BN have to mention that the victim is ex services. A violent robbery is hideous whoever the poor victim is.
Why do the BN have to mention that the victim is ex services. A violent robbery is hideous whoever the poor victim is. Donkey Stone

10:29am Wed 4 Dec 13

Wolfie190 says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
What a loser. However, we really need to get to the source of the neverending supply of these losers. How, when and why did he give up on being a decent member of society? Who taught him his moral code, and where did they get theirs from?
Government breeding program paying the poor and fecklass to breed for money.
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: What a loser. However, we really need to get to the source of the neverending supply of these losers. How, when and why did he give up on being a decent member of society? Who taught him his moral code, and where did they get theirs from?[/p][/quote]Government breeding program paying the poor and fecklass to breed for money. Wolfie190

10:33am Wed 4 Dec 13

wobble100 says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
What a loser. However, we really need to get to the source of the neverending supply of these losers. How, when and why did he give up on being a decent member of society? Who taught him his moral code, and where did they get theirs from?
He has never been a decent member of society, his whole family have been in and out of courts for as long as I can remember. The parents are useless and the children are feral.
The sentences he receives for his crimes (and believe me some have been vile and horrible) are far too lenient, just another slap on the wrist compared to the suffering and pain he causes.
Maybe he would have had a different start if Social Services had stepped in when he was younger. Maybe if his first jail term had fitted the crime and sent a shock he'd have second thoughts about offending, all these maybes.
There are people who have had worse starts in life who are decent, productive members of society, and at 25 years old I do not think a bad start in life should be added to his list of excuses as to why his life of crime is not his fault.
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: What a loser. However, we really need to get to the source of the neverending supply of these losers. How, when and why did he give up on being a decent member of society? Who taught him his moral code, and where did they get theirs from?[/p][/quote]He has never been a decent member of society, his whole family have been in and out of courts for as long as I can remember. The parents are useless and the children are feral. The sentences he receives for his crimes (and believe me some have been vile and horrible) are far too lenient, just another slap on the wrist compared to the suffering and pain he causes. Maybe he would have had a different start if Social Services had stepped in when he was younger. Maybe if his first jail term had fitted the crime and sent a shock he'd have second thoughts about offending, all these maybes. There are people who have had worse starts in life who are decent, productive members of society, and at 25 years old I do not think a bad start in life should be added to his list of excuses as to why his life of crime is not his fault. wobble100

1:05pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Bolton Lad 85 says...

His face looks like someone has melted a ball of plastercine. Saying that I am sure someone inside will find him attractive. Having ears like handlebars may help him really enjoy it
His face looks like someone has melted a ball of plastercine. Saying that I am sure someone inside will find him attractive. Having ears like handlebars may help him really enjoy it Bolton Lad 85

1:15pm Wed 4 Dec 13

boltonnut says...

Bolton Lad 85 wrote:
His face looks like someone has melted a ball of plastercine. Saying that I am sure someone inside will find him attractive. Having ears like handlebars may help him really enjoy it
Right on Lad,he'll get some real drilling now.
[quote][p][bold]Bolton Lad 85[/bold] wrote: His face looks like someone has melted a ball of plastercine. Saying that I am sure someone inside will find him attractive. Having ears like handlebars may help him really enjoy it[/p][/quote]Right on Lad,he'll get some real drilling now. boltonnut

1:16pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Jennymm5 says...

I second what Goldie wrote, when hes back on the streets of Bolton im
sure there will be a lot who would willingly teach him to be a decent human being the old fashioned way, doesnt matter how hes brought up ive known kids have a real bad start in life and they have turned out to be the most caring adults and been a credit to the people who have helped them on the way....
I second what Goldie wrote, when hes back on the streets of Bolton im sure there will be a lot who would willingly teach him to be a decent human being the old fashioned way, doesnt matter how hes brought up ive known kids have a real bad start in life and they have turned out to be the most caring adults and been a credit to the people who have helped them on the way.... Jennymm5

1:18pm Wed 4 Dec 13

one_love says...

Watch out for the soap being dropped you scum bag !!
Watch out for the soap being dropped you scum bag !! one_love

1:48pm Wed 4 Dec 13

wsw69 says...

Any country run by a government with balls and who are always succumbing to the pansy EU legislation and the pathetic human rights act, would have these feral a r 5 3 h 0 l e 5 shot.

The human rights act is complete and utter b 0 l l o c k 5. Less than being anywhere near a half decent human would not entertain doing anything like this.

Why should hard working tax payers have to be subjected to contributing to keeping an evil retard thicko of the first order in prison? He, and the likes of it will never be any different.

Death row for this loser - NOW!!!!!
Any country run by a government with balls and who are always succumbing to the pansy EU legislation and the pathetic human rights act, would have these feral a r 5 3 h 0 l e 5 shot. The human rights act is complete and utter b 0 l l o c k 5. Less than being anywhere near a half decent human would not entertain doing anything like this. Why should hard working tax payers have to be subjected to contributing to keeping an evil retard thicko of the first order in prison? He, and the likes of it will never be any different. Death row for this loser - NOW!!!!! wsw69

4:37pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Bowden Boy says...

What happened to the ACCOMPLICE !!!!!
What happened to the ACCOMPLICE !!!!! Bowden Boy

5:13pm Wed 4 Dec 13

brian jones says...

The victim's occupation is irrelevant, and only added to make the story more emotive. As for him robbing him for only £10, if he'd known he was only going to get a tenner, he'd have probably not bothered. Would it have been better if he'd robbed him for £1,000? Of course it wouldn't. The value of the loot is also irrelevant. All usual tricks of the trade to make the public feel more emotional about the story.
The victim's occupation is irrelevant, and only added to make the story more emotive. As for him robbing him for only £10, if he'd known he was only going to get a tenner, he'd have probably not bothered. Would it have been better if he'd robbed him for £1,000? Of course it wouldn't. The value of the loot is also irrelevant. All usual tricks of the trade to make the public feel more emotional about the story. brian jones

5:17pm Wed 4 Dec 13

atlas123 says...

Just google the name Burtak and bolton....

Talk about life of crime!
Just google the name Burtak and bolton.... Talk about life of crime! atlas123

5:25pm Wed 4 Dec 13

wsw69 says...

I suggest a little bit of extermination of the Burtak family from Valpy Avenue, Hall I'th Wood - Useless scum!!!
I suggest a little bit of extermination of the Burtak family from Valpy Avenue, Hall I'th Wood - Useless scum!!! wsw69

6:37pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Greasy Chip Butty says...

Perhaps we should follow the lead from other countries (Singapore is one that comes to mind) where crime is minimal. Her Majesty's Pleasure will be no deterrent for this geezer.
Us taxpayers will continue to look after him.
Perhaps we should follow the lead from other countries (Singapore is one that comes to mind) where crime is minimal. Her Majesty's Pleasure will be no deterrent for this geezer. Us taxpayers will continue to look after him. Greasy Chip Butty

9:02pm Wed 4 Dec 13

ncc_22 says...

he probably likes prison that way he never has to pay his own way. its disgusting!
he probably likes prison that way he never has to pay his own way. its disgusting! ncc_22

9:59pm Wed 4 Dec 13

VIGILANTE VIC says...

DESPICABLE THUG... UNFORTUNATELY THIS SORT OF THING GO'S ON ALL THE TIME AS LOSERS LIKE THESE HAVE NO MORALS OR RESPECT FOR ANYTHING OR ANYONE.
AND UNTIL THE JUDGES START HANDING DOWN LONGER AND TOUGHER SENTENCES MORONS LIKE THIS WILL JUST DO HALF THE SENTENCE BE LET OUT AND DO THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN, THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IN OUR COUNTRY IS A DISGRACE, SO THE JUDGES HAVE TO START GIVING OUT REAL JUSTICE TO THESE AND OTHER CRIMINALS OR STEP DOWN FROM THE BENCH, AND STOP THE HUMAN RIGHTS FIASCO THAT PRISONERS SEEM TO BANG ON ABOUT, THEY SEEM TO HAVE MORE RIGHTS THAN THEIR VICTIMS... I HATE WHAT THIS COUNTRY HAS BECOME IN MANY OTHER ASPECTS AS WELL.
DESPICABLE THUG... UNFORTUNATELY THIS SORT OF THING GO'S ON ALL THE TIME AS LOSERS LIKE THESE HAVE NO MORALS OR RESPECT FOR ANYTHING OR ANYONE. AND UNTIL THE JUDGES START HANDING DOWN LONGER AND TOUGHER SENTENCES MORONS LIKE THIS WILL JUST DO HALF THE SENTENCE BE LET OUT AND DO THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN, THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IN OUR COUNTRY IS A DISGRACE, SO THE JUDGES HAVE TO START GIVING OUT REAL JUSTICE TO THESE AND OTHER CRIMINALS OR STEP DOWN FROM THE BENCH, AND STOP THE HUMAN RIGHTS FIASCO THAT PRISONERS SEEM TO BANG ON ABOUT, THEY SEEM TO HAVE MORE RIGHTS THAN THEIR VICTIMS... I HATE WHAT THIS COUNTRY HAS BECOME IN MANY OTHER ASPECTS AS WELL. VIGILANTE VIC

9:28am Thu 5 Dec 13

Reed Lover says...

He's a kind and generous boy who loves his mum.
He's a kind and generous boy who loves his mum. Reed Lover

1:15pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Bolton Lad 85 says...

Reed Lover wrote:
He's a kind and generous boy who loves his mum.
His mum is scum like all her sons. Failure of a mother failure as a human. The whole deadbeat genertic freak family should be sterilized. Why have all the family got such funny shapped heads and ears. #inbreeding
[quote][p][bold]Reed Lover[/bold] wrote: He's a kind and generous boy who loves his mum.[/p][/quote]His mum is scum like all her sons. Failure of a mother failure as a human. The whole deadbeat genertic freak family should be sterilized. Why have all the family got such funny shapped heads and ears. #inbreeding Bolton Lad 85

6:42pm Thu 5 Dec 13

serendipity2 says...

What a pathetic excuse for a human being ! To be given so many chances is typical of this scum trapped in the revolving doors of the courts.

I vote for previous criminal history to be disclosed at the outset of the court proceedings......

The best bit of this scum dribbled down his mothers arse crack when he was delivered,
What a pathetic excuse for a human being ! To be given so many chances is typical of this scum trapped in the revolving doors of the courts. I vote for previous criminal history to be disclosed at the outset of the court proceedings...... The best bit of this scum dribbled down his mothers arse crack when he was delivered, serendipity2

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