Morrisons armed raider who was foiled by Exeter teenager is jailed
An armed raider who was foiled by a teenage supermarket cashier has been jailed for four years.
Miles Hull, 25, queued up at the Morrisons store in Exeter , Devon , with a box of cereal but when he reached the part time cashier he pulled out a four inch long knife and demanded cash.
Student James Hosgood, aged 19, was praised for his courage by a judge after he refused to hand over money and dodged backwards to escape Hull’s knife.
Hull, of Monks Road, Exeter, admitted attempted robbery and possessing a knife in a public place earlier this month. He was jailed at Exeter Crown Court to four years on Thursday.
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Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, told him:”You confronted a 19-yearold part time check out worker with a knife and demanded money.
“He had the courage to step back way from the knife and you got no money from him.”
Prosecutor David Bowen said Hull went into the shop in Prince Charles Road, Exeter, on September 3 and queued up with a box of cereals as he waited for other customers to leave.
He then demanded cash from the till and threatened Mr Hosgood with the knife before fleeing empty handed when the cashier refused to be intimidated and moved out of range of the weapon. Hull handed himself into police an hour later.
Mr Bowen said Hull was jailed for four years in 2008 for another shop robbery in Exmouth.
Mr Nick Bradley, defending, urged the Judge to give Hull credit for handing himself in and admitting what he had done at the earliest possible opportunity.
Speaking at the time of the raid Mr Hosgood said:”A customer came up to the till with a box of cereal. I looked up and he was pointing a knife at and demanding money.
“I said no and jumped back to put a bit of distance between us.
“I tried ringing my alarm bell but it was not working. I then shouted for my supervisor and the man then legged it. I thought I was going to get stabbed and was just doing what I could to prevent that.
“Instinct just took over. I did not do anything to try and come across as brave, I just did what felt normal to me.”