Un­cle jailed for rob­bing nephew in Murdo’s raid

Bar man­ager robbed of £10,000

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - NEWS - By Char­lotte Jor­dan

A MAN has been jailed for ab­duct­ing, as­sault­ing and rob­bing his nephew of more than £10,000.

Charles McPhail was con­victed of at­tack­ing Robert Grib­ble in the city’s Murdo’s Bar on June 1, 2010.

The jury of nine women and six men took just un­der two hours to con­vict the 52-year-old at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court.

Mr Grib­ble, Murdo’s pub man­ager, told the court he had been out­side hav­ing a cig­a­rette when he saw a hooded man with a scarf pulled up to his eyes come round the cor­ner of the build­ing.

He said he thought the man seemed in­tim­i­dat­ing so turned to go into the pub when the man thrust an ob­ject against his side and pushed him in­doors.

Mr Grib­ble, who had been McPhail’s best man, said it felt like a “ham­mer or a gun”.

Once in­side McPhail hit his nephew re­peat­edly on the head and body and “marched” him into the cash of­fice. In­side he bound Mr Grib­ble’s eyes, mouth, arms and legs with duct tape be­fore rob­bing him of £10,641 and a CCTV hard drive.

Dur­ing the trial the court heard McPhail’s DNA was found on the out­side of the tape, which had bound Mr Grib­ble.

In her sum­ming up fis­cal de­pute He­len John­son said: “I put it to you the ac­cused’s DNA was on the tape be­cause he did it.”

De­fence ad­vo­cate Graham Robert­son had claimed the pros­e­cu­tion’s case was “fright­en­ingly thin”.

When the jury gave its ver­dict McPhail showed no re­ac­tion or any emo­tion.

Miss John­son gave a list of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions to Sher­iff Dou­glas Cu­sine dat­ing back to 1977.

McPhail has ap­peared in Aberdeen Sher­iff and Jury court pre­vi­ously for house­break­ing. He was also con­victed in 1987 of at­tempt­ing to de­feat the ends of jus­tice.

And in 1991 he was once again con­victed of house break­ing.

Miss John­son added: “There are fur­ther of­fences of dis­hon­esty and re­set for which the ac­cused was sen­tenced to six months in prison.”

Sher­iff Cu­sine sen­tenced McPhail, whose ad­dress was given in court as 23 Alexan­der Drive, Aberdeen, to four years and six months re­duced from five years due to the time he spent in cus­tody in June to Septem­ber last year.

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