Men who admit Plymouth shop robberies face jail
TWO men have admitted robbing two shops and attempting to rob another store within eight days.
James Bothma, aged 26, and 24-year-old Luke Geoghegan pleaded guilty at Plymouth Crown Court to robbing shop assistants of cash, drink and cigarettes.
Judge Paul Darlow remanded them in custody while a probation officer prepares sentencing reports – but he warned them they were both going to jail.
Bothma, of Finch Close, Laira, and Geoghegan, of no fixed address, admitted robbing a man of a mobile phone, alcohol and an unknown amount of cash in Quay News, Oreston, on August 28.
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They also pleaded guilty to robbing a woman of cigarettes and £400 in cash at the Co-op in Beaumont Road, St Judes, on September 3.
Bothma and Geoghegan also admitted attempting to rob a woman of cash and cigarettes in the Spar Shop in Old Laira Road on August 30.
But the pair denied robbing a woman of alcohol, tobacco and £76 in cash at Clifton Stores, Clifton Road, Greenbank, on September 2.
David Gittins, for the Crown Prosecution Service, offered no evidence on that robbery charge. Judge Paul Darlow directed a not guilty verdict.
Plymouth magistrates were told at an earlier hearing that the raids were armed robberies.
Judge Darlow ordered a probation officer to prepare reports on their backgrounds.
But he warned the reports "only went to length" of their prison sentences.
Geoghegan was last year jailed for 30 months after admitting to possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
Plymouth Crown Court heard he was thousands of pounds in debt to drug dealers and had part of his ear cut off as a warning, a court heard.
Geoghegan's life spiralled out of control when he became hooked on cocaine, the court was told back in March last year.