Man charged over ‘syringe threat’

Crime story
Crime story

A MAN has appeared in court accused of threatening another man with a used syringe and escaping from lawful custody.

Simon Grimes also stands accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent on Jonathan Burr in a flashpoint on March 30 and robbing Gary Allen of £150 on March 14.

All four cases were committed to Liverpool Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on April 15.

Grimes, of no fixed abode, was not required to enter any pleas.

He did, however, plead guilty to a theft on March 19 and to breaching a suspended sentence order.

Katie Beattie, prosecuting, told how Grimes and a friend targeted the Best One mini-market on Railway Road in Leigh.

The duo went into the shop together and, when Grimes’s friend then tried to gain entry to the store room, the defendant snatched £120 from the till while the shopkeeper was distracted.

He made a full and frank admission in a subsequent police interview and also admitted breaching a curfew and a four-month suspended sentence.

Peter Moran, defending, told how his client had struggled for money after being made homeless through no fault of his own.

Magistrates jailed him for six months.