Mother-of-three commended by judge and handed bravery award for shouting f*** off at armed raider
12:45 GMT, 4 January 2013
14:57 GMT, 4 January 2013
When faced with a terrifying situation, many of us lose the power of speech.
But not for one woman – who was handed a bravery award today for shouting 'f*** off' to an armed robber.
Michelle Andrews, 45, was commended by a judge for her four-letter tirade when she was confronted by the dangerous knifeman.
Michelle Andrews was commended by a judge for shouting f*** off when she was confronted by dangerous knifeman, Jason Jackson (right)
The mother-of-three – who insists she never normally swears – will receive a reward of 150 after she sent thief Jason Jackson packing.
A court heard how Jackson, 37, burst into her newsagent's wielding a blade and demanding money.
But cashier Michelle stood her ground – she refused to give him any money and instead swore at him and called the police.
Judge Neil Bidder said: 'I think she deserves an award for her bravery.'
Hands off! Michelle said she was trying to protect her living when she confronted the knifeman, swore at him and called the police
Judge Neil Bidder ordered that the mother have a cash reward
'A knife was being pointed at her and she had the presence of mind to pick up the phone and that led to the arrest.
'She should be given an award from public funds and I authorise the high sheriff to pay her.
'It is not a lot of money but it marks the views of the court.'
Cardiff Crown Court heard how Jackson targeted the news agents in Barry, South Wales, because he thought it would be an easy target.
Prosecutor Jonathan Bushell said: 'He got more than he bargained for when he confronted her.
'She was stunned but told him: “f*** off – I'm on a direct line to the police,” and picked up her phone to dial 999.'
Jackson, of Barry, fled the scene empty handed, but was later arrested and jailed for two years and eight months.
Michelle was given the reward from the High Sheriff of South Glamorgan after her brave actions.
Speaking after the case, she said: 'I wouldn't normally swear but it did the trick.
'The award is a complete surprise but it is lovely.
'I was very scared but I'm still here and working – when it's your living you have no choice, you just have to carry on.'