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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Robbery bid man wanted haircut for zombies in his head

A man demanded a haircut for the ‘zombies’ in his head, claiming he had a gun in what a judge described as “the most unorthodox” attempted robbery in Carlisle.

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Peter Kenney

Forty-four-year-old Peter Kenney “terrified” staff and customers of a hairdresser’s before he then went into a newsagent’s shop asking for Creme Eggs to feed the ‘aliens’.

The court heard how Kenney had taken tranquillisers and Valium after struggling with the death of his father last year. He did not remember much of what happened.

Kenney, who admitted an attempted robbery charge, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court where prosecutor Brendan Burke said Kenney had gone into Amanda’s Hair Design, in Central Avenue, Harraby, on March 11 where the incident unfolded.

Staff became suspicious after they smelt cannabis on Kenney, of Eldon Drive, Harraby.

Kenney asked for a haircut but was told there were no appointments available.

“He then started counting out change and was asking to borrow money and told he couldn’t have any,” Mr Burke told the court.

“He (Kenney) said they did have money because he had been watching them all day. He then mentioned that he had a gun.”

“He then departed into talking about zombies and needing to have a haircut because that’s where the zombies were living. A staff member described herself as being terrified.”

Kenney then said he didn’t have a gun and apologised for scaring staff.

He then tried to give himself a shave before a member of staff went for help to a nearby barber’s shop and a customer from there helped get Kenney out of the salon without any trouble.

“He went into the newsagent across the road where staff describe him asking for ‘Creme Eggs and lots of them to feed the aliens’,” Mr Burke said.

He told the court the unusual nature of the crime had made it difficult for prosecutors to decide on a charge for Kenney.

“It appears to have been the behaviour and conduct of someone certainly under the influence of drugs,” he added.

John Smith, defending, told the court Kenney had been affected by the death of his father late last year and had been referred to a mental health team. He agreed it was an unusual attempted robbery and had not been pre-planned.

“It is clear that this was not pre-planned,” he said.

Recorder Smith, presiding, described it as “the most unorthodox attempted robbery one could imagine”.

He gave Kenney a three-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months and an 18-month supervision order.

Kenney was also ordered to take part in a drug and alcohol treatment programme and pay an £80 victim surcharge.

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