Barrister Michael Anning from No5 Chambers is defending a teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, who has admitted robbery, possessing a firearm with intent to commit robbery and possessing a prohibited weapon.
The teenager entered Mrs Ranvir Bassi’s newsagent shop in Stratford masked and carrying a sawn-off shotgun, but Mrs Bassi refused to hand over any money and chased him out of the shop. He maintained that he had been under pressure from others to commit the robbery. The crown did not accept it, but would not have a trial over it.
Anning said: ‘He didn’t persist in his threats; it was a scene that was over in a short period of time. This is not a determined and experienced criminal. He was under pressure in relation to a debt they said he owed. The gun was given to him by them to commit this offence.’
The teenager will be sentenced at a later date.