A SUPERMARKET cashier who was praised by a judge for foiling a knifeman has welcomed the four year prison sentence given to the armed robber.
James Hosgood, 19, was working at the Morrisons supermarket in Exeter when Miles Hull, 25, queued up with a box of cereal but when he reached the till he pulled out a four inch long knife and demanded cash.
Mr Hosgood was praised for his courage by a judge after he refused to hand over money and dodged backwards to escape Hull’s knife.
And he has told the Echo he has now returned to work and hoping to move on from the incident following the sentencing.
Hull, of Monks Road, Exeter, admitted attempted robbery and possessing a knife in a public place earlier this month. He was jailed at Exeter Crown Court to four years on Thursday.
Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, told him: ”You confronted a 19-yearold part time check out worker with a knife and demanded money.
“He had the courage to step back way from the knife and you got no money from him.”
The incident happened on 3 September and Mr Hosgood said he was glad at the speed the case was dealt.
He said: ““I just want to put it behind me and move on. I am glad there doesn’t need to be a trial and it has all been dealt with quickly. Hopefully that will be the closure I need.
“I think the length of sentence is fair for what he did. Everyone has been really supportive and work have looked after me well. They have given me the time I needed to get over it.
“I am trying not to think about but every now and then I do. I am feeling a lot better about it than I was though.”
Mr Hosgood said he was back at work but had not been back behind the till since the robbery. “I think I will be soon though,” he added.
“Hearing praise from a judge is definitely nice thing,” he said. “I just acted on instinct and it feels good to be praised for my actions.
“It is nice to have the support of my work and family to help me through though. Their backing has made all the difference.”
Prosecutor David Bowen said Hull went into the shop in Prince Charles Road, Exeter, and queued up with a box of cereals as he waited for other customers to leave.
He then demanded cash from the till and threatened Mr Hosgood with the knife before fleeing empty handed when the cashier refused to be intimidated and moved out of range of the weapon. Hull handed himself into police an hour later.
Mr Bowen said Hull was jailed for four years in 2008 for another shop robbery in Exmouth.
Mr Nick Bradley, defending, urged the Judge to give Hull credit for handing himself in and admitting what he had done at the earliest possible opportunity.
Speaking at the time of the raid Mr Hosgood told the Echo: ”A customer came up to the till with a box of cereal. I looked up and he was pointing a knife at and demanding money.
“I said no and jumped back to put a bit of distance between us.
“I tried ringing my alarm bell but it was not working. I then shouted for my supervisor and the man then legged it. I thought I was going to get stabbed and was just doing what I could to prevent that.
“Instinct just took over. I did not do anything to try and come across as brave, I just did what felt normal to me.”