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VIDEO: Masked raiders jailed after Sunderland shopkeeper beat them with a mop

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TWO masked raiders fought off by a shopkeeper during a bungled store raid have been jailed.

Gamiel Hasan and his teen accomplice burst into News 2000 in Roker Avenue, Sunderland, armed with scissors and demanding cash.

CCTV footage showed shop manager Rasaratnam Rahulan, 36, fighting the pair off with a mop.

Judge Brian Forster, QC, sentenced Hasan, 20, of no fixed address, to two years and eight months behind bars.

The 16-year-old accomplice, who cannot be named, was given an 18-month detention and training order.

Both admitted robbery.

Judge Forster said: “What took place was both shocking and terrifying. The shopkeeper feared he was going to be stabbed.

“Offences like this have a considerable impact on people who work in small businesses and the court has a clear duty to protect them”

The pair were caught on film wearing black hoods over their heads and faces, shouting “open the till” and “put the money in the bag” after storming into the store on March 9.

The pair managed to get away with just £8, but the owner needed to replace and repair goods damaged during the raid and now has extra staff working at night.

Mr Rahulan told police: “I feel lucky to have escaped without injury as I feel these males were capable of stabbing me.”

Graeme Cook, defending Hasan, said: “The shopkeeper, through fear no doubt, with a weapon in his hand, certainly gave some retribution.”

 
 
 

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