Knife robber jailed for five years over Belfast store hold-up
A 35-year-old man who took part in an early morning armed robbery at a convenience store in south Belfast was handed a five-year prison sentence yesterday.
Belfast Crown Court heard Desmond McGeown was linked to the scene by a knife he dropped during the hold-up at the Today's Express store on the Ormeau Road last April.
During the robbery a second man not before the courts brandished a hammer that was used to threaten the "terrified" female shop assistant, and to smash both a CCTV monitor and the employee's phone.
McGeown, from St John's Close in Belfast, was handed a five-year sentence by Judge Gordon Kerr QC, who also activated a 12-month suspended sentence.
Judge Kerr said the total sentence was six years, half of which will be served in prison.
He noted McGeown's 54 previous convictions but said he accepted the defendant had displayed insight into his behaviour and the impact it has had on the "terrified" shop assistant.