Young knifepoint robber from Holywell told to expect jail term

Published date: 17 February 2014 |
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A YOUNG man has admitted a knifepoint robbery at a Flintshire garage.

Billy-Joe Easterbrook, 18, was further remanded in custody pending sentence.

Easterbrook, of Well Street, Holywell, handed himself in to the police following the incident.

He appeared at a plea hearing at Mold Crown Court via a live television link from Altcourse Prison in Liverpool.

Easterbook admitted that he robbed Daniel Edwards at Hillcrest Garage at Halkyn Road, Holywell, of £120 on November 26 last year.

He further admitted possessing an offensive weapon, a knife, at the time.
Easterbrook asked to be sentenced immediately.

Mark Davies, defending, said his client wished to know his fate.

But the judge Mr Recorder John Philpotts refused and said a pre-sentence report would be required.

“I must warn you that all sentencing options will remain open.

“You must prepare yourself for, and expect, immediate custody,” he said.

Mr Philpotts said he understood perfectly why Easterbrook would wish to be sentenced immediately, but that it was not possible.

But he said he would be given full credit in sentencing for his guilty pleas and for the fact he effectively turned himself in after the robbery.

The case had previously been adjourned for a psychiatric report, but Mr Davies confirmed that was no longer required.

He said that initially his client may have been withdrawing from drugs which affected his ability to give instructions.

But since that time he had been able to give clear instructions and to take advice.
The prosecution case was not opened during Friday’s hearing.

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