Skegness man jailed for theft and blackmail

Court news.
Court news.

A 42-year-old Skegness man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after admitting blackmail and theft charges.

Michael John Williams threatened a lone shop assistant with being beaten by a gang unless he gave him money from the till at a Premier Food store in Lincoln last August.

When the shop assistant refused, Williams grabbed a pouch of tobacco, a lighter and papers from the counter before fleeing the store.

Council CCTV operators identified Williams on film footage and police officers arrested him at Lincoln train station.

Williams was charged with robbery and remanded in custody until the court hearing yesterday (Monday, February 16) where he pleaded guilty to blackmail, having earlier pleaded guilty to theft.

Sentencing him to 15 months in prison the judge described Williams as “thoroughly dishonest.”