‘Sneaky’ drunk David Goodacre jailed for carrying out robbery with toy plastic gun in Birkenhead
A DRUNK who used a toy gun to carry out a robbery at a solicitors’ office was jailed for six years.
David Goodacre, 44, staggered into the offices of Percy, Hughes and Roberts, in Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, looking ‘dishevelled and drunk’ at 9am on April 13.
He leaned on the desk next to the receptionist and opened his jacket to reveal the handle of a black pistol.
She fled and he made off with a Help the Aged charity box and a promotional pen but was caught by armed police outside. They found he had a plastic toy gun which he said he used as protection from ‘hoodies’.
He denied robbery during his day-long trial , saying he had taken the charity tin before she saw the gun so it was in fact theft, not robbery.
But it took less than half an hour for jurors to find him guilty on both counts.
The court heard he had just got out of prison for having a blade when he carried out the robbery and had a criminal record dating back to 1985 with 121 offences listed including burglary and possession of class A drugs.
John Weate, defending, said his client had expressed ‘a little remorse’ when he told police he was sorry if he had frightened anyone but was ‘desperate for money’.
Judge Brian Lewis said: “You have been convicted by a jury on the clearest possible evidence of robbery and carrying an imitation firearm at the time.
“The receptionist who was simply doing her job was terrified by what you did.
“You insinuated your way into her office and in that sneaky way allowed her to see that gun just enough for her to realise that she was in serious trouble.
“You have shown no remorse and have twisted and turned at every stage to try and avoid responsibility for what you did that day. What you were doing was trying to steal a box containing money that had been donated to a charity, which is low enough, but made much worse by the robbery.”
He jailed Goodacre for four and a half years for robbery and an extra 18 months for possession of an imitation firearm.
Goodacre thanked the judge as he was led to the cells.