Robber Loui Allman committed raids 'to get arrested'
A man who plotted and carried out two robberies within minutes
of each other claimed he did it to get arrested!
Loui Allman (pictured right), 26, had gone into the post office
in Dover Road, Folkestone just six days after being released from
another prison sentence.
High on crystal methamphetamine, he waited until the assistant
was serving another customer and then grabbed the girl’s hand
and demanded cash.
Canterbury Crown Court heard that when the brave assistant
refused to hand over any money Allman jumped on the counter, making
”a gun signal” to other staff before fleeing.
While police were investigating that foiled raid, Allman had
went to a bookmakers in Cheriton High Street demanding money after
brandishing a pool cue.
He ordered the terrified manager to hand over £244 after
threatening him with the weapon before again running away.
"I have no hesitation in concluding you pose a significant risk to the public" – Judge Adele Williams
But the court heard
that officers recognised him from CCTV footage at both robberies
and he was nabbed at his grandmother’s home.
Allman, who was homeless, later told officers he had just been
released from jail in June last year and needed cash to buy
He said he decided on carrying out the second robbery because he
“wasn’t sure he had done enough in the first to get arrested!”
Allman, who admitted robbery and attempted robbery was given an
eight-year sentence – which includes a five-year prison term and a
three-year extended licence. His criminal record includes 24
convictions involving more than 40 offences.
The raids were described as “crude and opportunistic”.
Judge Adele Williams told him: “You grabbed the assistant in the
post office and struggled with her over a sum of money which was
being paid to another customer.
“In your pocket you had your hand in such a way as to make it
look like you had a weapon.
Canterbury Crown Court,
where Allman's case was heard
"Then you went to the bookmakers armed with a pool cue and
threatened the manager. At the time he was deeply traumatised by
“I have no hesitation in concluding that you pose a significant
risk to the public.”
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