Man admits attempted armed robbery at Holywell store


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MAN has admitted a charge of attempted robbery at knifepoint at a shop.

Ross Kenneth Dale, 21, had never been in any trouble before, Mold Crown Court was told.

Dale, who at the time lived at the Llys Emlyn Williams Hostel, Old Chester Road, Holywell, appeared at a preliminary hearing by a live television link from Altcourse Prison in Liverpool.

Dale pleaded guilty to attempting to rob a member of staff at the M&S Late Shop in Holywell High Street of a quantity of cigarettes.

He also admitted a further charge of possessing a knife at the time.

Damian Sabinto, defending, said his client was a young man of no previous convictions.

An attention deficit disorder had been identified and he said the court would be assisted by a pre-sentence report.

Judge Niclas Parry agreed and remanded Dale in custody to be sentenced next month.

The judge told him: “You have had the good sense to plead guilty very early.

“That will be reflected in the fact that you will be given maximum credit in sentence.

“But there can only be one sentence – that will be a long custodial sentence.”

Previously Kamal Mahalingam, who owns the M&S Late Shop in Holywell, told the Leader how he scared Dale off with an attachment from his Henry vacuum cleaner.

Mr Mahalingam had put the distinctive red and black faced vacuum cleaner behind the counter ready to tidy the store when it was due to close shortly after.

And when approached by the knifeman, he bent down, pulled the pipe from the cleaner and chased him out of the store with it.

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