10:35am Monday 2nd September 2013
AN OLDBURY man who threatened to shoot a garage owner whilst demanding he hand over £9,000 in cash has been jailed for three years.
Aaron Burris told his victim: "If you don't pay I know where you and your family live and I will bring 10 others and come in and shoot whoever I see."
But Jasbir Daroch, who was targeted after giving evidence in a Birmingham murder trial where the defendant was cleared, refused to pay up and police were alerted.
Burris, aged 34, turned up at Mr Daroch's business in Smethwick with another man who has not been traced and started making threats having been told he was an informer.
They first demanded Mr Daroch, who runs Rapid Autos, pay them £2,000 before telling him to come up with another £7,000 on a second occasion, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
Burriss, of Summerton Road, admitted two charges of blackmail and also common assault and was told by Judge Philip Parker QC the offences were too serious for anything other than a substantial jail term.
"This was a deeply unpleasant offence and the victim was intimidated with horrendous threats," the judge told Burris, who changed his pleas to the charges just before his trial was due to begin.
Joseph Hamilton, aged 34, of Harvills Hawthorn, West Bromwich, admitted assisting an offender by driving the two men to the garage on the second occasion and he was sent to prison for a year.
Pat Sullivan, prosecuting, said Burris and a man known as "Manny" had been getting cars serviced at the garage for some time until Mr Darroch refused to serve the other man following a dispute.
He said Burris and the man, who had not been traced, went to the garage to make their cash demands and Mr Daroch was grabbed and pushed onto the floor before he was punched and kicked.
The court was told Mr Daroch, who has since moved house out of fear for his safety, had come across a shooting victim in the Handsworth area and was called as a witness during the course of the murder trial.
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