A teenager who attempted to commit a knifepoint robbery at a Tring off-licence was today (Thursday, March 2) given a suspended jail sentence.
Dylan Sutton, 18,of Okeford Close, Tring, pulled out the kitchen knife and held it 30 centimetres from the chest of the shop assistant, who was working alone, during the incident on October 27, 2021.
Prosecutor David Stanton told St Albans Crown Court Sutton said repeatedly: “Open the till. Open the till.”
The assistant, who was terrified and shaking, shouted: “I am going to call the police.”
Mr Stanton said the victim also said it was early in the morning and she did not have money in the till. After about a minute, Sutton saw his grandad pull up outside and he fled the shop empty-handed.
Sutton appeared for sentencing having pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and having a blade.
When questioned by the police in December 2021, he said he wanted money quickly.
Defending, Katie Mustard said he had no previous convictions or cautions.
She said: “He can’t explain his actions and he acknowledges he acted for financial again.
“At the time, his mental health was not in a good place.”
She said he had taken responsibility for his action and shown empathy towards the victim.
Judge Michael Roques told Sutton: “She must have been absolutely terrified. It was only by happy coincidence that your grandad pulled up and you decided to run off.
“You said you wanted money quickly. I am at a loss to understand why.”
Sutton was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months. He must complete 50 rehabilitation sessions, directed at his use of cannabis, and carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work.
The judge banned him from going to the shop or within 20 metres of the shop for 12 months.