Knifepoint robber jailed
A MAN who left a female shop worker traumatised when he robbed a Fishponds sandwich shop at knifepoint has been jailed for more than 10 years.
Barrington Powell, 44, of no fixed address, wore a face covering when he targeted the Subway on Fishponds Road early on Saturday May 6 last year.
He threatened a female member of staff before making off with cash.
Powell denied the offence but was found guilty following a trial at Bristol Crown Court in August.
T/DC Heather Bulley said: "Powell’s actions had a profound effect on his victim, who was working alone in the store at the time.
"In addition to directing a knife towards her he also threatened to kill her – words which caused her a significant amount of trauma then and which continue to haunt her some 14 months later.
"In sentencing Powell to 10 years and six months behind bars the judge recognised the gravity of the offence and the impact it had on his victim. I hope the hefty prison term also sends a strong message to others that there are serious consequences for being involved in such criminality."