In a desperate attempt to flee the scene, a drunken gambler headbutted a UK betting shop's glass door after stealing £350 from the cash register drawer.
The suspect, Lee Moore, age 31, resident of Westacre Gardens, Stechford, was caught doing the deed via CCTV footage. He managed to get away from other punters who tried to stop him and was seen running towards the door of a William Hill betting shop Kings Heath branch in Birmingham. This was after he tussled with a cashier who triggered a device that locked the main doors.
With the door locked, he used his head to smash into glass panel, resulting to a horrible gash on his head.
Moore decided to rob the place after he lost hundreds of pounds (all the money he had on him) on a roulette machine there. He was still drunk from the night before.
Prosecutor Tom Walkling said, "He spent some hours playing a roulette machine and lost all the money he had. A number of customers tried to detain Moore. In the end he headbutted an upper glass panel in the door, and broke it with his own head, before climbing out and running away."
Walkling said the CCTV footage clearly identified Moore as the robber, and five days after the raid he surrendered to police, which took place on September 22, 2016.
Sandra Smith, the cashier who scuffled with Moore, had been psychologically traumatized and had her already-existing hip problem aggravated.
Defense lawyer Anthony Cartin conceded, saying "The CCTV makes rather strange and odd viewing and demonstrates his desperation. He made a silly decision. He tried to snatch the money and it became a robbery because of the bravery of the cashier. It was on the spur-of-the-moment. He made a determined attempt to get out by smashing glass which was effectively a double glazed glass door."
Judge Simon Drew QC passed the sentence, telling Moore, "You were still drunk from the night before and, no doubt, not thinking clearly. You gambled away everything you had and having done that you decide to help yourself to money from the till. Members of the public tried to stop you. I have seen CCTV stills and they hung on to you but you fought them off. You used your head to headbutt the glass at the front of the shop. I suspect that took some force to smash the glass. For anybody involved or present that must have been terrifying. They would have had no idea what you were going to do next, particularly if you had not been able to get out."
He was put behind bars for 18 months after admitting to what he did.