Jail for Wigan knife threat shop robber

A robber who raided a Wigan grocer’s has been jailed for three years.

Thursday, 10th September 2020, 4:01 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th September 2020, 4:08 pm
Damien Rutter

Damien Rutter, 42, of no fixed address, had already appeared before a Bolton Crown Court judge to plead guilty to robbing a staff member at the McColls branch in Marsh Green, of £18.50 worth of groceries in Wigan.

The hearing was told that at 6pm on June 29, Rutter selected four packs of fishcakes, one pack of steak, and a pack of chops in McColls on Marsh Green. The shop supervisor saw him do this and locked the door.

He said: “You had best open it: I’ve got a knife” and put his hand in his pocket.

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“He then pushed the woman aside, opened the door and fled with the goods.

“He dropped them on the ground and when someone went to pick them up he said: “Leave it, I’ve got a knife, ” gathered up the goods and walked away.”

As well as the jail sentence, Rutter must also pay £190 towards victim services.