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Six years for foiled axe-man's raid

Published 24/04/2015

A CCTV picture of Shaun Andrew McKerry being leapt on by shop-owner Sab Dhillon
A CCTV picture of Shaun Andrew McKerry being leapt on by shop-owner Sab Dhillon

An axe-wielding raider has been jailed for six years after his attempts to rob a store were foiled when he was jumped on by the shopkeeper and hit by his wife with a baseball bat.

Ex-juvenile offender Shaun Andrew McKerry, dubbed Boomerang Boy or Homing Pigeon Boy in his youth, picked the wrong target when he burst into Shildon Post Office and Stores, County Durham, at 8pm on March 15.

The masked 31-year-old waved an axe as he demanded cash from terrified assistant Andrea Brighty, but he did not see owner Sab Dhillon's rugby tackle which dropped him to the floor, sending shelves and produce tumbling.

As the men wrestled, and with McKerry still holding the axe, Mr Dhillon's wife Sam helped, hitting him twice with a baseball bat to make him drop the weapon.

Blood can be seen coming from the would-be robber's nose and Mr Dhillon gestured to his wife to drop the bat. Minutes later the police arrived and arrested McKerry.

He previously pleaded guilty at Durham Crown Court to attempted robbery and court officials confirmed he had been jailed for six years after the hearing today.

McKerry, from Coundon near Bishop Auckland, earned the nicknames Boomerang Boy or Homing Pigeon Boy as he always returned home after committing a crime.

He started shoplifting at the age of 12 and by 15 he had been arrested 80 times, and had convictions for aggravated vehicle-taking, sending indecent letters, and burglary.

McKerry once stole 22 charity boxes while dressed as a woman, and locals dubbed him a one-man crime wave.

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