This is the moment when a knife-wielding robber wearing an Ali G mask holds up a petrol station. This is the moment when a knife-wielding robber wearing an Ali G mask holds up a petrol station.
As reported in the Echo earlier this week, Karl McMurrough was captured on camera bursting into the BP garage at Broadway, Sunderland, and knocking down display fixtures, while armed with a kitchen knife and demanding cash.
He made off with £90 in takings during the raid on July 30 and left the lone shop worker terrified.
When the 22-year-old raider was arrested he had pictures on his phone of himself wearing the funnyman mask, a cash bag containing the stolen money and a copy of a police appeal about the robbery.
The mask picture contained the text “when the love runs out, the mask and gloves come out”.
McMurrough, of Palmstead Square, Sunderland, was jailed for three years and four months at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to robbery.
Judge Penny Moreland told him: “In drink and having taken drugs, just before midnight, you went to the BP garage in Sunderland wearing a mask and armed with a knife.
“You behaved aggressively towards the man working behind the counter, terrifying him by brandishing the knife, knocking over items on the counter and demanding money.
“You were identified because you left a fingerprint inside the door and you were foolish enough to take photos on your phone of you wearing the mask you wore to commit the robbery, the proceeds and police appeal for witnesses.”
Footage of the raid shows McMurrough wearing the mask of the fictional character over his face when he stormed into the shop.
He knocked items near the counter onto the floor and pointed a blue knife at the shop worker, who said he had been left “very scared” by the raid.
Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court: “The defendant’s actions were extremely aggressive.”
Peter Walsh, defending, said McMurrough’s history of “reckless and posturing” behaviour were demonstrated by the phone camera contents.