Armed robber 'lost his nerve'
A would-be armed robber who got cold feet halfway through robbing a jewellers has been jailed for five years.
Belfast Crown Court heard that having threatened the owner of Leo Jewellers in Castlecourt at gunpoint on February 12 this year, 26-year-old Perry McAtamney demanded cash from the till.
Prosecuting lawyer Gary McCrudden said, however, that as the robbery went on, McAtamney became “more and more nervous” and eventually ran from the shop empty-handed.
The police were immediately alerted and within half an hour, officers had arrested McAtamney in the Carrick Hill area of Belfast. They uncovered what turned out to be a blank-firing imitation handgun inside a plastic bag he was carrying.
Defence lawyer Richard Greene said that McAtamney himself had admitted he was “blootered”.
Handing down the five-year term, Judge Gordon Kerr QC said a significant aggravating factor was his two previous convictions for robbery.