Uncle jailed for robbing nephew in Murdo’s raid
Bar manager robbed of £10,000
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.