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Man changes plea in Hampton-in-Arden robbery case

A SECOND man has finally admitted taking part in an attempted armed robbery at Hampton-in-Arden’s post office.

A SECOND man has finally admitted taking part in an attempted armed robbery at Hampton-in-Arden’s post office.

Anthony Delaney had previously denied involvement in the daytime raid, which happened on December 19 last year.

But at a pre-trial review hearing Delaney, 37, of The Lindfield, Coventry, changed his plea to guilty and also admitted possessing an imitation firearm and an offensive weapon, an axe.

Ian Parkhouse, 31, of Vicarage Road, Nuneaton, has already admitted those offences and a further robbery at Baddesley Ensor post office the following day, which Delaney also admitted at an earlier hearing.

Delaney told Warwick Crown Court that he believed his role was to act as the driver but when they got to Hampton-in-Arden, Parkhouse produced the axe, which he gave him, and a BB gun.

Sub-postmaster Bharat Mistry had been injured after the men stormed into the High Street branch, later needing a metal plate in his jaw.

“I didn’t want to be involved in the violence, I just wanted to protect the staff and customers,” he told us at the time. “All I was thinking about was my family.”

Mr Mistry eventually managed to sound the panic alarm and the two would-be robbers fled empty-handed.

Judge Parker adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on the defendant, which he said should consider the question of whether he poses a danger to the public.

Delaney, who was remanded in custody, will be sentenced at a later date with Parkhouse, on whom a report has also been ordered.

 

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