A mentally ill St. John's man has been sentenced to six years in prison for an armed robbery in a downtown convenience store.


William Macaulay was sentenced to six years in prison for armed robbery. ((CBC))

William Macaulay was sentenced Tuesday during an appearance in provincial court in St. John's.

Macaulay wielded a knife during a robbery at a Queen's Road convenience store, and wore a mask. He was stopped, though, by an off-duty Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer.

The court was told that Macaulay was institutionalized when he was nine years old. He has a Grade 4 education, has had a life-long struggle with drugs and has been diagnosed with depression.

The Crown argued that Macaulay poses a danger to the public.