Man Locked Up after Trowel Attack on Corner Shop Owner

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A TEENAGE robber who knocked out a vulnerable shopkeeper with a trowel is behind bars for the first time.

Aaron McCall, 18, confessed that he and his partner in crime scouted around and cased various shops to rob.

Then they selected the Gresham Food Store and DIY in Middlesbrough.

He admitted they planned the robbery at the Gresham Road shop where they both attacked proprietor Auran Khaliq.

Teesside Crown Court heard how the second raider grabbed Mr Khaliq from behind, put his arm around his neck and produced a knife.

McCall joined in the struggle as Mr Khaliq tried to defend himself, hitting him over the head with a trowel on display in the shop.

Prosecutor Richard Parsell said Mr Khaliq lost consciousness.

When he came to, he found cash had been taken from his clothes. Stock was missing from the shop, which McCall said was sold for pounds 40.

McCall, of Bush Street, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to the February 26 robbery after giving a "damning" account to police.

He told officers they took cigarettes but he denied knowledge of the cash He said he took the trowel from Mr Khaliq then struck him with it.

He said his cohort got the shopkeeper in a headlock and fought with him, and was armed with a knife which he later threw down a drain.

McCall had nine previous convictions for assault. …