Man acted as 'lookout' while accomplice threatened shopkeeper with machete

David Lloyd, 23, of Bryn Mawr Road, Holywell, was jailed for two years and four months for attempted robbery
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A man who acted as "lookout" while his accomplice threatened a shopkeeper with a machete has been jailed. David Lloyd kept watch at the door of the convenience store on Holywell High Street while Zane Ashford made "wild swings" at the staff member during an attempted robbery on July 2 last year.

As Ashford would not have carried out the robbery without Lloyd, the latter was jointly responsible for the "terrifying" attempted robbery, a judge at Mold Crown Court said today.

The judge jailed Lloyd, 23, for two years and four months for his role. Prosecutor David Mainstone said shopkeeper Ramanan Selvarasa had been working in the store when two men came in at 9.45pm.

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Ashford wore a black face mask and carried a machete, while Lloyd had a red neckerchief and stayed by the door. Mr Selvarasa was unarmed and scared as Ashford repeatedly made "wild swings" at him with the machete.

Ashford struck the shopkeeper's upper arm during the incident, the court heard. The shopkeeper picked up a wine bottle to defend himself and Ashford threw a crate of beer at him.

Eventually, Ashford and Lloyd fled and the shopkeeper chased them down the road. Stock worth £60 was damaged.

Several days later the shopkeeper reviewed CCTV footage and saw two unfamiliar men in the shop from earlier that day. They had no disguises and their faces were visible. Their trainers matched those of the two males who had come in during the evening.

Police also found the discarded clothes and machete nearby. Lloyd's DNA was on the red neckerchief. Ashford's DNA was on the machete's handle. Philip Tully, defending Lloyd, said he was remorseful and accepts it would have been a frightening incident for the shopkeeper.

But he has a pregnant girlfriend and wants to put this case behind him so he can move on with his life. The judge His Honour Niclas Parry told Lloyd, of Bryn Mawr Road, Holywell, that he and his accomplice had been jointly involved in the attempted robbery.

He said: "You went there together, you knew he was carrying a machete, you knew he produced it and brandished it. You went away and returned, no doubt to get him.

"Your co-accused would never have done what he was doing unless he knew that there was no prospect of him being caught in the act and that's because of you. You must accept your responsibility for your part in what would have been a terrifying incident for the shop a small shop that courts are minded to protect."

Jailing Lloyd, he also imposed a five-year restraining order prohibiting Lloyd from entering the shop, from contacting his victim or referring to him directly or indirectly on social media.

  • Co-defendant Zane Ashford was sent to prison for two years and eight months for his part in the incident at an earlier hearing.

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