PROLIFIC SHOP ROBBER JAILED
PUBLISHED: 12:36 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:16 23 August 2010
A SERIAL robber has been jailed for eight years after admitting to a series of raids on newsagents and off-licences. Amandeep Mahil, 30, was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court, as the Reporter went to press last Wednesday. The court heard that Mahil and an
A SERIAL robber has been jailed for eight years after admitting to a series of raids on newsagents and off-licences.
Amandeep Mahil, 30, was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court, as the Reporter went to press last Wednesday.
The court heard that Mahil and an accomplice targeted The Local in Parrock Road, Echo Square, Gravesend, on July 27.
He asked for the robbery to be taken into consideration, along with others in Blackheath, Bexleyheath and Plumstead, south-east London. Jailing him, Judge Martin Joy QC said: "You have an appalling record of violence and anti-social behaviour."
Mahil, of Beverley Road, Greenwich, London, targeted the Gravesend off-licence with an accomplice, who has not been identified. The second man had what looked like the barrel of a gun with a bin liner over it sticking out of his overalls.
It was pointed at the shop assistant, before the robbers stole £2,000 in cash from the safe and £3,000 worth of cigarettes.
Over two weeks later on August 11, he robbed Luckys newsagents on Boughton Parade, Maidstone of £1,300 in cash and £2,738 worth of cigarettes.
At a previous hearing he admitted five counts of robbery and two of burglary.
The sentence has been welcomed by Detective Inspector Ian Dampier, who handled the investigation alongside North Kent's major enquiry team.
He said: "It is thanks to the hard work and dedication of these officers that this dangerous man was taken off the streets at the earliest opportunity and prosecuted for these crimes.
"The weight of evidence against Mahil left him with no option but to plead guilty which meant the victims of his crimes did not have to relive their ordeals in the court room.
"The length of the sentence imposed today reflects the seriousness of these offences which were committed not only in Kent but also across south east London.