CCTV shown of store knife raid

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court

A man was caught on film walking into an off-licence armed with a kitchen knife as he tried to commit a robbery, a court was told.

David O’Reilly was captured on closed circuit television going into the News And Booze outlet on Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw, at 9.40pm last Friday.

Wigan And Leigh Magistrates’ Court heard he was wielding a large kitchen knife and told the shopkeeper to close the shop and hand the keys over to him.

The defendant then left empty-handed, although it was not explained during the hearing what happened beforehand.

Joseph O’Connor, prosecuting, told justices that the police were called and O’Reilly was recognised from the CCTV footage after it was re-run.

Officers went to his home on Bickershaw Lane where they recovered the clothes that he had been wearing along with the knife with which he had been armed.

He told the police that he could not recall what he had been doing at the time and had taken drugs and alcohol, the court heard.

But Mr O’Connor said that O’Reilly accepted that he was the man in the CCTV footage pictured with the knife.

O’Reilly indicated to the court that he would plead guilty to the charge before him of attempted robbery when he appeared before magistrates yesterday.

But he was told that the case could only be dealt with at the crown court because of its seriousness.

And so the hearing was adjourned and O’Reilly was remanded into custody.

The magistrates asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared for the judge ahead of O’Reilly’s next scheduled court appearance.

David Dalton, chairman of the bench, told him: “We are refusing bail today so you will be remanded in custody until your next appearance on June 5 at 9.30am at Bolton Crown Court.”