Leeds robber jailed over shop raid

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A robber who terrified a shop worker with a knife before threatening a woman and stealing her mobile phone has been jailed.

Kyle Rainey, 31, was sentenced to three years, eight months, over the incident at the Sainsbury’s store on Brudenell Road, Hyde Park, Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard Rainey had been drinking heavily when he went into the store at 1.30am on May 17 this year.

Paul Nichols, prosecuting, said Rainey approached a customer in the store and took a bottle of wine from her basket.

The woman grabbed the bottle back from him, not realising he was in possession of a knife.

Rainey then approached the cigarette kiosk and stood staring at a member of staff behind the counter.

Mr Nichols said the woman was frightened as she feared Rainey was going to jump over the counter with the weapon.

He then took a bottle of wine and left the store but targeted a woman outside moments later.

Rainey threatened the woman with the knife and ordered her to give him her mobile phone.

Rainey, of Johnston Street, Woodhouse, Leeds, pleaded guilty to robbery, theft and possession of a bladed article.

Marlon Grossman, mitigating, said Rainey had overcome a drug problem but was struggling with an addiction to alcohol at the time of the incident.

Mr Grossman said his client accepted having the weapon on him but cannot recall where he got it from or using it at the time of the offences.

Jailing Rainey, Judge Christopher Batty said: “You took a knife in the dead of night into this supermarket and it must have been terrifying for these women.”