Staff chased armed raider with a shovel
A man convicted of carrying out a botched armed robbery at a Chinese takeaway in Belfast has been handed a seven-year sentence.
Jailing Frederick George Loughins (49), Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland paid tribute to the "resilence and resourcefulness" of the staff, who used a shovel to chase the masked man who was armed with a knife from the premises.
Judge McFarland said small businesses and their staff - such as the one targeted by the defendant - "deserve protection and will receive protection from the courts".
As Loughins was told he will serve half his sentence in prison, followed by a three-and-a-half year period on licence, the judge warned that anyone who carried out such offences "will go to prison for a significant period".
When a knife was recovered and forensically tested, Loughins' DNA was found. He was also identified by an employee.