Bet­ting shop raider jailed for four years

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - COURT REPORTS -

AN armed rob­ber who left a town in lock­down after a masked raid on a book­ies has been jailed for four years.

Ed­ward Murphy walked into the Lo­gan Bet shop in Brechin with his face cov­ered by a Rangers scarf and went up to the counter de­mand­ing cash.

Although Murphy was armed with a knife, teller Ed­ward Nut­ten sat still in his chair while pun­ters con­tin­ued watch­ing tele­vi­sion. Even­tu­ally, with no cash forth­com­ing and shop cus­tomers telling him to get out, Murphy fled.

When po­lice were sum­moned they closed var­i­ous streets in the area.

They used trained snif­fer dogs to join the hunt and Murphy was later traced.

Murphy, 39, a pris­oner at Perth, ad­mit­ted that on Fe­bru­ary 16, at Lo­gan Bet, 45-47 Clerk Street, Brechin, he as­saulted Ed­ward Nut­ten, while his face was par­tially cov­ered, pre­sented a knife and de­manded money with in­tent to rob him.

So­lic­i­tor John Boyle told Dundee Sher­iff Court that Murphy was no longer tak­ing drugs and was re­ceiv­ing med­i­ca­tion for his men­tal health prob­lems.

He said: “He is con­sid­er­ably apolo­getic for his dis­grace­ful be­hav­iour.”

Mr Boyle asked the sher­iff to con­sider plac­ing Murphy on a com­mu­nity pay­back order un­der su­per­vi­sion to al­low him to ad­dress the var­i­ous is­sues in his life and said the back­ground re­ports sug­gested he was suit­able for such an order.

Sher­iff Alas­tair Brown told Murphy: “I recog­nise you com­mit­ted the of­fence while you were un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs, but that isn’t mit­i­ga­tion.”

He said that due to the na­ture of the of­fence and Murphy’s record, there was no al­ter­na­tive to a cus­to­dial sen­tence and jailed him for four years.

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