Boy (15) accused of Burnley phone shop raid

Burnley Magistartes Court.
Burnley Magistartes Court.

A teenager accused of robbing a Burnley shopkeeper at knifepoint on New Year’s Day, has appeared in court.

The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stands accused of the robbery on Sana Communications in Colne Road, Burnley magistrates heard.

The defendant is alleged to have entered the shop with another male and stolen an iPhone 4S from shopkeeper Mohammed Jabar on January 1st.

David Hartley (prosecuting) said: “Two males entered Sana Communications on Colne Road. Both males had scarves and clothing covering their faces.

“One man threatened staff and made demands before coming round the counter.

“The second male, believed to be the defendant, stood behind the door momentarily.

“There was a kitchen knife produced from a pocket. A knife was displayed and brandished.”

The defendant faces one count of robbery and one count of possessing a knife or bladed article in a public place.

The defendant was granted conditional bail pending a hearing at Burnley Crown Court on February 3rd.

He was ordered not to enter the Sana Communications store in Colne Road and not to contact a named person.