40-year-old Rashpal Singh from Coventry has been jailed for more than six years. Rashpal Singh was jailed after two violent raids at Coventry banks. Once Singh was in the banks he would pass a note to the staff with a bag for cash. The note warned he’d slit his 71-year-old hostage’s throat if the bag was not returned before he counted to 10.
Singh, from Elmsdale Avenue in Foleshill, ran off but was pursued by two good samaritans who caught up with him in Elm Tree Avenue. There, he was rugby-tackled to the ground. Once officers had arrived on the scene a search of the area uncovered a knife and balaclava he’d discarded during the chase.
Detectives from West Midlands Police examined CCTV and found Singh was wearing the same clothes, including distinctive brown brogues, as a robber who’d struck the previous day at Coventry Building Society in Station Street East.
On that occasion another female customer was threatened at knifepoint before the raider made off with around £6,000. Singh admitted the robberies but suggested he’d been pressured into carrying out the jobs by two unnamed men who were threatening him for money.
At Coventry Crown Court on Monday (November 18) Singh was jailed for six years and nine months having pleaded guilty.