Thug threatened driver with a pool cue at Sunderland petrol station

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A YOB high on drugs threatened a man with a pool cue and demanded he hand over the keys to his car.

Scott Wilson raised the pool cue above his head and ordered Leighton Stephenson, 20, to hand over his keys at the Snacks garage in Sunderland on December 17 last year.

The attempted robbery took place at 4.45pm when the victim noticed Wilson leaning against his car as he paid for petrol, Newcastle Crown Court was told.

Wilson, 23, threatened Mr Stephenson as he tried to get back into his car.

Mr Stephenson then ran back into the garage where he waited for police.

Wilson, of Palmerston Road, Sunderland, then entered the garage and bought some items before leaving the premises and discarding his pool cue on the forecourt.

Bridie Smurthwaite, prosecuting, said: “As the victim tried to get into his car, the defendant approached him with the pool cue held high. He said, ‘Give us the car keys’.

“Mr Stephenson was frightened, slammed his car door, ran into the shop and called the police.

“The defendant walked into the garage, bought something and left.”

CCTV footage from the garage showed Wilson leaning against the car and the victim running off.

Wilson was arrested on June 29.

Vic Laffey, defending, said: “It’s not a case where the defendant has been stopped.

“There clearly has been at some point a decision by him not to see this through.”

Wilson pleaded guilty to attempted burglary.

Judge Simon Hickey sentenced Wilson to 18 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years.

Judge Hickey said: “Mr Stephenson was threatened by you brandishing a pool cue saying, ‘Give us your car keys’.

“He said he feared he was going to be assaulted at this stage and values his motor car at some £10,000.

“There must have been some planning as you were carrying the weapon.

“You were so high on drugs on this occasion, you could have been a danger to anybody.”

Wilson was also given a four-month curfew and a two year supervision order.