22nd May, 2019

Man finally admits carrying out gunpoint robberies at petrol station and village store

A LEAMINGTON man has finally admitted being responsible for carrying out gunpoint robberies at a Warwick petrol station and a village store on the same night.

Michael Hackett had pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges of robbery and two of possessing an imitation firearm at the time of committing the offences in June last year.

The raids, for which get-away driver Samuel Gold was convicted after a trial in July last year, took place at the BP service station in Stratford Road, Warwick on January 15 last year, and the Co-op store in Long Itchington later the same evening.

And at a pre-trial hearing 30-year-old Hackett, of Fallow Hill, Sydenham, changed his pleas to guilty.

At the request of his barrister Adam Western, his case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on him, and he was remanded in custody.

He and 31-year-old Gold, of Freshwater Grove, Leamington, who has also been remanded in custody, will be sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court, where the judge who heard Gold’s trial now sits.

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