A MAN from Llandudno who committed three robberies, two of which were while carrying weapons, has been jailed.

Kyle Jones, 21, of King’s Place, was sentenced to two years and four months’ imprisonment at Caernarfon Crown Court today (October 27).

He had previously admitted three counts of robbery, and one charge each of possession of an offensive weapon in public, and of carrying a bladed article in public.


Man told to ‘grow up’ after fights at Colwyn Bay railway station

BBC programme shows Llandudno RNLI crew rescue dad and son

Prosecuting, Emmalyne Downing told the court that, at about 7.15am on August 17 at the Co-op store in Deganwy, Jones bought a vape from the shop from employee Adam Liepins.

But he then took three frozen pizzas from the back of the stop, and left without paying.

Mr Liepins followed him outside, and told Jones: “Give me the pizzas back and you can go.”

Jones then “squared up to Liepins”, and told him he was carrying a blade.

After Mr Liepins “backed off”, he called police, while Jones left with the pizzas.

At about 10.45pm on September 3, Mugunthan Tharmapalan was working at the Londis store on Madoc Street, Llandudno, when Jones entered and asked him for alcohol.

Mr Tharmapalan asked Jones for payment, and the defendant handed him a bag.

Jones was told this was not acceptable payment, but produced a baseball bat from the bag, before leaving with alcohol.

At about 9.20pm on September 15, Jones was at Llandudno’s Sainsbury’s store on Mostyn Street when he tried to leave with four cans of Stella Artois lager without paying.

Staff member John Bracegirdle tried to stop Jones as he went to leave the store, but this prompted the defendant to reach into his waistband, and pull out a knife with a blade.

He asked Mr Bracegirdle: “Is it really worth getting stabbed for?”

This incident left Mr Bracegirdle “scared”, and though Jones dropped the lager, he then picked up a can before running away.

Jones was arrested shortly afterwards, having been seen walking down alleyway carrying a Stella Artois can and with a balaclava.

He became “aggressive” with police upon his arrest, Ms Downing said.

Defending Jones, who had nine previous convictions for 28 offences, Sarah Yates said that he is “remorseful” for his actions, albeit added: “There is no good excuse for what he did.”

She said Jones, despite being an adult is “still extremely young and immature”, and has used alcohol “potentially as a crutch”.

His relationships with his mother and father were described by Ms Yates as “poor” and “virtually non-existent” respectively.

Jones plans to move from away from Llandudno, she added, because “it’s causing him no end of problems”.

Sentencing, Recorder Benjamin Blakemore told Jones: “Each of these people who were victims of your conduct, and who you threatened, were just doing their job.

“Those people who work there are entitled to feel safe, and to be safe, while at work. They shouldn’t have to put up with threats such as those that you issued.

“It’s high time that you grew up. Your maturity seems to be lagging behind that of others.”

Jones will also pay a statutory surcharge upon his release.