This is the terrifying moment masked, armed, robber Karl Baker fought with a lone Derby shop keeper during a late night raid in Alvaston. The clip, released by Derbyshire police with the permission of the victim, shows the 54-year-old grandfather push the worker over and then hit with the blunt end of a weapon.
In a statement, the man said this was the first time in eight years working at the Gulf petrol station in Raynesway anything like this had ever happened to him. And after being jailed for six-and-a-half years, the defendant, of London Road, Alvaston, even thanked the judge for his leniency.
Jailing Baker, a father-of-three and granddad-of-three, Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “That man must have been terrified about what you were going to do with him with that weapon you had in your hand. It was late at night and he alone and serving the public and that was an easy target for someone like you.
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“You were wearing a disguise to stop you being identified on both the CCTV and by the man you attacked. You have a dreadful criminal record including entering people’s houses, shops and for robberies.
“The public must be sick to death of the behaviour you exhibit and I have no hesitation in coming to the conclusion that you pose a significant risk of causing serious harm to members of the public.”
The robbery happened shortly after midnight on August 16, last year. Esther Harrison, prosecuting, said: “He had his hood up and had a mask over his face to protect his identity.
“He came to the private side of the counter where the cigarettes are kept and pushed the victim back. The defendant then lunged towards him and he ended up on top of him on the floor where they were grappling.
“He had in his hand what was described as a screwdriver but was, in fact, an electrical faulty finder which he used the butt of to strike the victim to his face.”
The prosecutor said Baker, of London Road, then fled from the scene taking a four pack of beer with him. She said a customer entered the store and called 999 on behalf of the victim. In a victim impact statement he said he felt “shocked and distressed at being attacked”
Miss Harrison said the defendant was arrested five days later and the victim’s DNA was found on Baker’s coat. He pleaded guilty to robbery and to further unrelated offences of theft of possession of an offensive weapon.
They involved him stealing from shops in the Alvaston area and in one case threatened to stab a member of the public who shouted “stop thief” as the defendant ran from one of the stores. After Judge Smith told him what the sentence would be, Baker asked to address the court over the video-link from HMP Nottingham.
He said: “I am appalled by my (criminal) record and I am grateful to you, judge, for being as lenient as you have been.”