A Rugby woman has been told she is facing ‘a substantial sentence of imprisonment’ after she admitted taking part in the gunpoint robberies of a taxi driver and a hotel worker.
Lisa Amos appeared at Warwick Crown Court via a video link from HMP Peterborough, where she has been on remand since her arrest for the two robberies.
Amos (33) of Prior Park Road, Rugby, pleaded guilty to robbing a taxi driver of his wallet, phone and cash on August 28 and robbing a hotel night porter of cash two nights later.
She also admitted two charges of possessing a firearm, a .38 calibre revolver, at the time of committing the two robbery offences and possessing four rounds of .38 ammunition when she was arrested on September 3.
Amos had been charged with the offences together with Adam Graham (38) also of Prior Park Road, who should have been in the dock at the court.
Prosecutor Peter Grieves-Smith explained that Graham had not been produced from the prison where he has been on remand because it was mistakenly believed he had also been due to appear via a video link.
But he said it was expected that Graham will also plead guilty when he appears at the court on a later date.
The first robbery and firearm charge follow an incident after a taxi driver picked up Amos and Graham outside Rugby railway station at around 9.30pm on Sunday, August 28.
He was asked to take them to York Street, but when he arrived Graham, it is said, threatened him with the revolver and demanded his phone, wallet and cash box.
The second robbery took place at 4.30am in the morning on the following Tuesday at the Premier Inn hotel in Brownsover Road when the night porter was threatened with the gun and ordered to open the safe.
David Everett, defending both Amos and Graham, said: “Drugs was the incentive for the commission of the offences.”
In relation to the next hearing, when it is expected they will both be sentenced, Mr Everett said: “Lisa Amos has asked whether on that day she can remain at Peterborough and be dealt with over the link.
“In relation to her co-accused, I would be content for him to be on a video link as well, but overall it would be more convenient if he was produced at court.”
Adjourning the hearing for Graham to be produced, and remanding Amos in custody, Recorder Christopher Bright QC told her: “You have pleaded guilty and will get credit for that, but a substantial sentence of imprisonment is inevitable.
“I understand you are content to appear by video link, so you need not attend in person.”