A MAN who provided the getaway car for an attempted raid at a Swadlincote supermarket later carried out a drunken robbery of his own.
Leigh Barry, 28, was jailed for a total of four-and-a-half years at Warwick Crown Court following the bungled hold-up at the Tesco Express store in Hearthcote Road.
Barry and two other men had denied possessing an imitation firearm with intent to commit a robbery at the supermarket.
Following a trial in March they were cleared of the firearms charge, but the jury could not reach a verdict on a further charge of conspiracy to rob.
On the day he was due to stand trial for a second time, Barry, of Orchard Road, Erdington, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of aiding and abetting the attempted robbery at the Tesco Express store.
He was jailed for three years for that offence with a consecutive 18-month sentence for the robbery of a Birmingham bookmaker, which he had admitted at an earlier hearing.
Simon Phillips, prosecuting, said that on June 27 last year an attempted robbery took place as G4S guards delivered cash to the Tesco Express store in Swadlincote.
A Vauxhall Signum car pulled up behind the cash van and three masked men got out and rushed into the store armed with a metal pole, a claw hammer and another weapon.
But they were foiled when the guards shut themselves in the room at the rear of the cash machine, and after banging on the door, the crooks left empty-handed and made their getaway in the Signum.
Mr Phillips said: “That Signum, Barry accepts he drove from the Birmingham area to near to Swadlincote before handing it over to those involved in the attempted robbery.
“He said he had been asked to provide a vehicle and knew it was to be used in a criminal offence, but did not know what, although he realised it could be robbery.”
Then, on April 4 this year, while on bail following the first trial, Barry carried out a robbery at a William Hill branch in Erdington.
Graham Huston, defending, said Barry’s involvement in the Tesco Express incident was ‘peripheral in the extreme.’
Mr Huston said that, in 2011, Barry had signed up with the Army for 12 years but was injured in a car crash and was later discharged from the forces.