Getaway driver Gary Allen jailed for 32 months over involvement in armed raid on security van outside Tesco Express

Bournemouth Echo: Gary Allen Gary Allen

THE getaway driver in an armed raid on a security van needed the money to visit his terminally ill son in hospital, a court heard.

Gary Allen, 41, was jailed for 32 months after admitting the robbery he and 27-year-old Ricky Maidment carried out on a G4S van outside Tesco Express in Fordingbridge, in which the latter threatened a guard with a machete.

They made off in Allen’s Land Rover with more than £18,000 in a cash box but were arrested just minutes after the incident on March 5 this year, thanks to a courageous driver who followed them.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard Allen, who has no previous convictions, agreed to do the job so he and his wife could afford trips to hospital to visit his 19-year-old step-son Jake, who was given only six months to live earlier this year.

Jailing Allen on Friday, Judge Samuel Wiggs said his case was “exceptionally tragic” and the jail term was “the very least” he could impose.

“I am sorry that you have let your family down in this way, I’m sure you are too,” he said.

“I am sorry for the inevitable effect this will have on your son.”

Maidment also pleaded guilty to robbery and was jailed for four years and eight months, with a concurrent one year jail term for possessing a blade.

In mitigation, Robert Grey told the court that self-employed tree surgeon and gardener Allen had met Maidment at Salisbury Hospital – where Jake was being treated for cystic fibrosis – some 18 months before the raid.

He said Allen initially refused Maidment’s offer of the then-unspecified job, but when Jake was moved to Southampton Hospital a year and a half later he found he couldn’t afford the regular visits from his home in Fairfield Road, Salisbury.

Therefore, Allen agreed to drive Maidment, of Rollestone Street, to and from the scene, said Mr Grey.

Representing Maidment – who has a long criminal record including a serious violent offence – Frank Abbot said the robbery had been masterminded by a third party who recruited his client due to his long record.

A third man was questioned by police but has not been charged.

Both men were ordered to pay the £120 victim surcharge.

• Courageous dad in high-speed chase

A HIGH-speed car chase ensued when a dad-of two turned have-a-go hero spotted Maidment menacing the guard with a machete and pursued the pair out into the countryside.

Philip Hoare, 41, had taken a wrong turning and ended up in Fordingbridge by mistake when he saw the raid and followed Allen’s car in his van as they fled, reporting their progress to the police.

“I can’t stand bullies and this guy had a machete over this poor security man’s head, I had to do something,” said Mr Hoare, a contract manager for a demolition company.

“I don’t consider myself a hero. I saw him run and I just chased him. I wasn’t scared, autopilot just took over.”

Thanks to his efforts the robbers were soon arrested, and the money recovered.

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5:24am Tue 10 Jun 14

Controversial But True says...

Should've gone to Wonga!!
Should've gone to Wonga!! Controversial But True
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5:53am Tue 10 Jun 14

Understated says...

how far is that hospital?!
how far is that hospital?! Understated
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7:11am Tue 10 Jun 14

we-shall-see says...

Understated wrote:
how far is that hospital?!
Probably around 20 miles each way - certainly not enough to make a robbery worthwhile! Another of life's excuses IMO - such a pity the poor young lad is probably so ill he will not see his step-father at all now he's been jailed. The stupid man should have thought it through before doing something that stupid - and using his son as an excuse.

Lots of people have terminally ill relatives in hospitals that are not close to home - but we don't all go around robbing people to pay our fares there :o/
[quote][p][bold]Understated[/bold] wrote: how far is that hospital?![/p][/quote]Probably around 20 miles each way - certainly not enough to make a robbery worthwhile! Another of life's excuses IMO - such a pity the poor young lad is probably so ill he will not see his step-father at all now he's been jailed. The stupid man should have thought it through before doing something that stupid - and using his son as an excuse. Lots of people have terminally ill relatives in hospitals that are not close to home - but we don't all go around robbing people to pay our fares there :o/ we-shall-see
  • Score: 30

7:19am Tue 10 Jun 14

rudolph_hucker says...

Should have got longer, armed robbery and he will be out in less than 18 months. Where is the deterrent?
Should have got longer, armed robbery and he will be out in less than 18 months. Where is the deterrent? rudolph_hucker
  • Score: 24

7:49am Tue 10 Jun 14

cheeriedriteup says...

To use his sons illness as a way of getting a lighter sentence just shows the type of Man - term used very loosely - he is !
To use his sons illness as a way of getting a lighter sentence just shows the type of Man - term used very loosely - he is ! cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 33

7:52am Tue 10 Jun 14

djd says...

I've worked out what His Honour Judge Wiggs will do when he retires.
He will write a fairy story book using all the excuses he has heard in his Cort over the years.
Well done Judge Wiggs another criminal given a sentence that will deter his from a life of crime !!!
I've worked out what His Honour Judge Wiggs will do when he retires. He will write a fairy story book using all the excuses he has heard in his Cort over the years. Well done Judge Wiggs another criminal given a sentence that will deter his from a life of crime !!! djd
  • Score: 14

7:57am Tue 10 Jun 14

Lord Spring says...

Not condoning his actions but it can not be overlooked that centralization of resources may save expenditure and improve care for the NHS but the cost to the individual is greatly increased. With the car parking fees and travel expenditure and the upheaval to domestic life.
Saying that I do wonder that he could have be using the circumstances to gain sympathy from the judge.
Not condoning his actions but it can not be overlooked that centralization of resources may save expenditure and improve care for the NHS but the cost to the individual is greatly increased. With the car parking fees and travel expenditure and the upheaval to domestic life. Saying that I do wonder that he could have be using the circumstances to gain sympathy from the judge. Lord Spring
  • Score: -5

8:11am Tue 10 Jun 14

chunk_vanman says...

Wiggs knows how to jail someone??
Wiggs knows how to jail someone?? chunk_vanman
  • Score: 15

8:12am Tue 10 Jun 14

Ophilum says...

£10.000 fine for speeding on the motorway he should have been charged with that it would have been a better sentence, we will all be criminals with the state having all our money and we will get an allowance of a few quid, if according to new laws going through the house now by our dear leaders.
£10.000 fine for speeding on the motorway he should have been charged with that it would have been a better sentence, we will all be criminals with the state having all our money and we will get an allowance of a few quid, if according to new laws going through the house now by our dear leaders. Ophilum
  • Score: 8

8:39am Tue 10 Jun 14

TheDistrict says...

Judge Wiggs in Court,
So do not be frought,
Your sentence will be short,
When in front of Judge Wiggs Court.
Judge Wiggs in Court, So do not be frought, Your sentence will be short, When in front of Judge Wiggs Court. TheDistrict
  • Score: 11

9:06am Tue 10 Jun 14

Hickery says...

Shame on him, using his terminally ill son as an excuse for his crime. On a separate note, I really hope that Tesco rewarded the man who gave chase. And with more than a free bag for life!
Shame on him, using his terminally ill son as an excuse for his crime. On a separate note, I really hope that Tesco rewarded the man who gave chase. And with more than a free bag for life! Hickery
  • Score: 13

9:22am Tue 10 Jun 14

billy bumble says...

djd wrote:
I've worked out what His Honour Judge Wiggs will do when he retires.
He will write a fairy story book using all the excuses he has heard in his Cort over the years.
Well done Judge Wiggs another criminal given a sentence that will deter his from a life of crime !!!
The flaw in your argument is that to him they are not fairy stories

This lefty loon believes everything he is told
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: I've worked out what His Honour Judge Wiggs will do when he retires. He will write a fairy story book using all the excuses he has heard in his Cort over the years. Well done Judge Wiggs another criminal given a sentence that will deter his from a life of crime !!![/p][/quote]The flaw in your argument is that to him they are not fairy stories This lefty loon believes everything he is told billy bumble
  • Score: 7

10:58am Tue 10 Jun 14

Norman Stansfield says...

Gary obviously had the benefit of excellent legal advice, and a half witted, unworldly, astondingly lenient judge, who I firmly believe, isn't actually from this planet. 32 months for armed robbery? That always used to be 12 years! And the visiting terminally ill step-son bit.....genius. But pull the other one Gary.....
Gary obviously had the benefit of excellent legal advice, and a half witted, unworldly, astondingly lenient judge, who I firmly believe, isn't actually from this planet. 32 months for armed robbery? That always used to be 12 years! And the visiting terminally ill step-son bit.....genius. But pull the other one Gary..... Norman Stansfield
  • Score: 5

4:31pm Tue 10 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

Good old Wiggo, he'd probably have given Saddam Hussein a light sentence due to the emotional pressure of being a dictator....
Good old Wiggo, he'd probably have given Saddam Hussein a light sentence due to the emotional pressure of being a dictator.... speedy231278
  • Score: 1

5:01pm Tue 10 Jun 14

kjpayne says...

I'm the do gooder didn't get a sentence for also speeding and being on his mobile phone while driving!
I'm the do gooder didn't get a sentence for also speeding and being on his mobile phone while driving! kjpayne
  • Score: 3

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