A judge ordered three teens who robbed a newsagent at knifepoint wearing masks to face their victim in court.
Paula Shaw, 62, told judge Andrew Easteal she had been left haunted by the raiders’ Halloween-style disguises.
The judge told the trio, aged 18, 17 and 17, to stand up in the dock.
He then addressed the court Gentleman, please stand up and look at Mrs Shaw.
He continued Three immature young men, not monsters behind masks, Mrs Shaw.
I hope that helps.
All three defendants were made to say sorry to her.
Ms Shaw was alone at McColl’s Newsagents in Holbeach Lincs, when the youths came in.
The three youths entered her shop, one wearing a skull mask, another a Guy Fawkes mask and a third clad in a motorcycle style balaclava.
Lincoln crown court heard two carried knives during the raid.
Prosecutor Duncan Smith said He got on top of the counter and tried to force it open with the knife.
He didn’t succeed and turned his attentions to the stock, taking cigarettes.
Paula was left so frightened by the raid that she has been forced give up work.
During the hearing on Wednesday Judge Easteal told all three defendants he would make them view the CCTV again if they refused to watch when it was played in court.
The judge told them You need to see what you have done.
After the judge ordered the boys to face Paula, who was sat with her husband in the public gallery, she spoke to the court.
She said It has helped to see the defendants faces, but I don’t know if it will make the images go away.
Ryan Hughes-Morris, of Gedney, and one of the 17-year-olds, got two years, four months.
The other got two years, eight months.
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