TWO Flintshire men who raided a post office have had their appeals thrown out.
Kieran Richard George Sendall, 25, and Jamie Mark Worrall, 27, along with 26-year-old Liverpool man Lee Anthony Browne, used a stolen Audi to raid the Post Office and village store in Llandyrnog, Denighshire, in the early hours of March 5 last year, making off with an ATM machine.
At Mold Crown Court in August last year, Browne, of Willow Grove, Liverpool, was jailed for four years; Sendall, of Maes Gwyn, Flint, was given four-and-a-half years, and Worral, of Woodfield Avenue, Flint, received four years and nine months.
All three pleaded guilty to burglary, while Worral and Sendall also admitted aggravated vehicle-taking. Browne pleaded guilty to being carried in a conveyance taken without consent.
Yesterday, Lord Justice Lloyd Jones, Mr Justice Holroyde and Mr Justice Supperstone, sitting at London's Criminal Appeal Court, heard lawyers for the trio ask for their punishments to be cut.
The court heard that during the raid, the cash machine, which was secured to the floor, and the post office cash register were both taken. However they only contained a total of just over £200.
The burglars, who had smashed their way into the store, were spotted fleeing at speed by police who pursued them until they crashed their stolen vehicle and fled on foot.
Browne and Sendall were caught immediately but Worrall escaped, until a palm print linked him to the burglary. Police found the cash register in the car’s boot and the ATM was lying across the back seat.
Lawyers argued they had wrongly been treated as “ram raiders” and sentenced too heavily.
It was also said the small amount of cash taken ought to count in their favour.
But Mr Justice Holroyde, throwing out all their appeals, said they had been rightly treated as ram raiders even if it was “not a typical case”.”
He said it was the amount of money the crooks intended to take that was important, not the sum they actually got away with.