Michael Winchester (34) of no fixed abode was sentenced to a total of 12 years for his offences, which includes a term of four years to be served on extended license, due to the risk he poses to the public. The judge said that he had committed ‘serious and cowardly offences’ as it was lone women he targeted.
The officer in charge of the investigation was Detective Constable McMillan, she said, “Last November Michael Winchester robbed a Grimsby newsagents, threatening the terrified assistant with a knife and a hammer.
“He was also charged with a house burglary that happened in September 2019 on Lynton Parade in Grimsby.
“He pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced in court yesterday.
“The combined 12 year sentence handed to him reflects the seriousness of his offending. Hopefully knowing that he is behind bars for a very long time will give his brave victims some comfort as they try to come to terms with their terrifying experiences.
"This significant sentence should serve as a deterrent to those who embark upon violent crime."