Depressed dad jailed over armed robbery
A TROUBLED dad-of-two who committed an armed robbery to get arrested has been jailed for three years.
Jonathan Morse, pictured, was depressed after splitting up with his partner and losing his business, Bristol Crown Court heard.
He grabbed stockings and a bread knife and, using the hosiery as a disguise, raided £60 from two tills at the McColls shop in Keynsham.
Morse, 43, of Lyndhurst Road, Keynsham, pleaded guilty to robbery in November.
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Judge Julian Lambert told him: "On November 2 this year you completely took leave of your senses, committing a knifepoint robbery at a small shop. You appreciate the deep and terrible distress you caused."
James Ward, prosecuting, said Morse had admitted taking the knife for the heist in order to be taken seriously.
He said how Morse screamed "Give me the money out the till" at terrified Kristian Heaton, as he plundered sums of £15 and £45 from two tills.
The court heard Mr Heaton was able to press the shop's panic button and police scrambled to the scene.
Mr Ward said: "Police saw the defendant running away and stopped him. He said 'Yes, I've done it'.
"He opened his jacket and showed them a knife.
"He said 'I know I had a knife but I would not have hurt them'."
Mr Ward said Morse's taking of the knife showed his naivety in the venture but also his lack of appreciation of how it would affect others.
James Tucker, defending, said his client was genuinely remorseful and had managed to stop taking cocaine before the incident.
He said Morse had suffered personal problems which caused his emotional condition to rapidly decline.
Though Morse had been prescribed with anti-depressants he carried out the raid only two days after, the court heard.