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By Chris Willmott 19/07 Updated: 27/07 16:20
A SECOND man has finally admitted taking part with his former cell-mate in an attempted armed robbery at Hampton in Arden Post Office.
Anthony Delaney had pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to the attempted robbery of postmaster Bharat Mistry in December last year.
But at a pre-trial review hearing Delaney (37) of The Lindfield, Stoke Aldermoor, Coventry, changed his plea to guilty and also admitted possessing an imitation firearm and an offensive weapon, an axe.
Ian Parkhouse (31) of Vicarage Road, Nuneaton, has already pleaded guilty to those offences and further a further robbery at Baddesley Ensor post office the following day, which Delaney also admitted at an earlier hearing.
After Delaney changed his pleas to guilty to the raid, Judge Alan Parker was told the prosecution would offer no evidence against him on a further allegation of robbery that had taken place on December 18 during which Parkhouse robbed a woman and a teenager working in the shop and the girl’s father, who had turned up to collect her.
The court heard that Delaney admitted his involvement in the attempted robbery of Mr Mistry in Hampton on the basis that he had had a call in the early hours of the morning from Parkhouse, who he had not seen since they were in Lincoln prison together.
Delaney said Parkhouse intended to ‘do a job,’ which he knew was likely to be unlawful, and picked him up before telling him where to drive.
During the journey Parkhouse revealed he was going to rob a Post Office ‘and wanted me to watch his back.’
Delaney continued that he believed his role was to be to act as the driver, but when they got to Hampton-in-Arden, Parkhouse produced an axe, which he gave him, and a BB gun.
At the time Parkhouse was on licence from a seven-year sentence imposed in 2008 for conspiracy to rob following a violent armed robbery.
“Knowing of his previous convictions and the nature of them, I then participated in the actions of that day,” said Delaney in his basis of plea.
Judge Parker adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Delaney, which he said should consider the question of whether he poses a danger to the public.
Delaney, who was remanded in custody, will be sentenced at a later date with Parkhouse, on whom a report has also been ordered.
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