Oldham man one of four jailed for Partington robbery
Monday 18th September 2017 @ 14:41 by Tom Greggan
News Oldham

An Oldham man is one of four men who have been given jail time following a robbery at an M&S Mini Market in Partington in May.

36-year-old Otis Hunter was given a 21 month sentence at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on Friday, after pleading guilty to burglary at a previous hearing.

Otis Hunter

The court who heard how, at 9.20 pm on Monday 15th May 2017, two members of the group entered the Mini Market on Oak Road. One of them attempted to distract the staff while the other sprayed a substance over the cash machine sensor in an attempt to deactivate it.

They were asked to leave the store but returned ten minutes later. They were asked to leave the premises again and staff closed the store before ringing the police.

The officers who attended noticed several men loitering in the area, including on the roof of the Mini Market. The four men fled to an escape vehicle which was stopped by police. Three men were arrested but Hunter fled the scene. He was later arrested after being tracked by a police helicopter.

Richard McCorry of GMP’s Serious Organised Crime Group, said: “These men were purely motivated by greed and I hope this demonstrates what will happen if you blatantly flout the law.

“We have not only stopped them in their tracks but we have also dismantled an organised crime group, which we couldn’t have achieved without the continued support of the community.

“I am pleased these men have been held accountable for their actions and are now behind bars.”

Hunter, along with 31-year-old Jason Ryan and 33-year-old Sean Mullin, both from Manchester, was jailed for one year and nine months.

The fourth man, 30-year-old Bernard Valentine of Blackley, was sentenced to two years and three months in jail.