Sunderland man admits robbery after ‘going off the rails’

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A MAN has admitted robbery moments before his crown court trial was set to start.

Grant Ellis, 21, who was described by his defence barrister, Mr Alec Burns, as “a decent young man who had gone off the rails”, pleaded guilty to the offence yesterday.

Ellis, of Sorley Street, Millfield, Sunderland, has, in recent months, also committed a theft and two assaults.

Judge Deborah Sherwin told Ellis that despite his guilty plea, he couldn’t be sentenced until a pre-sentence report was prepared.

She said that the court might be assisted by knowing what caused Ellis to go off the rails and commit the offence on August 28.

She remanded him in custody until his sentencing date, which will be held next month.

She said: “You understand that for offences like these, it really has to be a custodial sentence, the question is how long for?”