Man gets six months in prison for trying to rob a shop

A man has been sentenced to six months in prison for trying to rob a Jersey shop using a note saying he was armed and demanding the money from the till.

Mark Christopher Harnett, 26, was sentenced in the Magistrates' Court on Monday morning.

At 08:30 BST on Sunday, 4 September Mark Harnett walked into Checkers in St Aubin with a note.

It told the cashier to give him all the money in the till and he was armed with a weapon and was willing to use it.

The cashier called two colleagues to come and help and the manager told the man they did not have any money, and he left. He was then arrested by the police.

The Magistrates' Court heard that Mr Harnett had only recently moved to Jersey from the north of England.

He had been working cash-in-hand but had been driven to robbery by desperation after his bank account had been cleared out by a friend he had come to the island with.

Before the robbery he said he had been sleeping on a bench in St Aubin.

He pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and the Relief Magistrate Peter Harris sentenced him to six months in prison.

Mr Harris said there was a clear threat of violence, but it was the calmness of the shop manager that diffused the situation.

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