A man who robbed a shop in Nottingham at gunpoint has been jailed for nine years.
Ricardo Frankson, 36, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court today (Friday 5 October) having previously been found guilty, following a trial, of robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
The court heard how Frankson, of Villa Road, Nottingham, entered Khan Stores in Bentinck Road, Hyson Green with a gun on the night of Monday 19 February 2018 and demanded money from the till.
The shop owner and his friend were stood behind the counter when Frankson pointed the gun at them and shouted at them to hand over money.
Fearing for his life, the owner handed over cash from the till before Frankson left and they called the police.
Officers were able to track Frankson’s movements after he was caught on CCTV cameras. He was seen on one camera counting the stolen money after getting on a bus, using a bus pass which gave his personal details.
Speaking after his sentencing DC Louise Bradford said: “Frankson terrified two men with a gun for his own selfish gain.
“We’re pleased he’s been given a substantial prison sentence and has been taken off the streets.
“I’d like to praise both of the victim for their bravery in coming forward and helping us to bring Frankson to justice.”