Thief threatened Leeds store staff with syringe

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A VIOLENT shoplifter told supermarket security staff he was suffering from AIDS as he threatened them with a syringe.

Terrified staff at the ASDA store in Killingbeck allowed James Randall to leave when he threatened them with the weapon after he was detained for stealing meat and sun lotion.

In a separate offence Randall, 38, described as “jealous and controlling”, threatened to slash the throat of his former partner after he found out that she had a new boyfriend.

Randall, of Marshall Street, Cross Gates, Leeds was jailed for 21 months after pleading guilty to a series of offences between January and November last year. Leeds Crown Court heard Randall was stooped by security staff at the Tesco store, Seacroft, on January 10 last year, but failed to turn up for a court appearance in relation to the offence. On March 17 he was stopped by staff at ASDA after stealing £60 worth of items.

He then threatened them with the syringe. On Novemebr 30 he turned up at the home of a former partner and threatened to attack her. Police were told about the threats but Randall refused to sign an harassment warning which officers tried to issue him with.

He then turned up at the woman’s workplace on December 3 and threatened to attack her and her partner.

Randall pleaded guilty to two offences of affray, harassment, threatening behaviour, two offences of shoplifting and failing to attend court.

Randall was jailed for five years in 1998 for a robbery at a jewellers in which he threatened staff with a syringe.

Describing the affects of the offences against his former partner, Recorder Mark McKone said: “She is now always looking over her shoulder.”