Knife thug in store rob­bery

Lam­ing ad­mits £150 theft at shop

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Court reporter

A knife thug who robbed a newsagents con­fessed when po­lice spoke to him say­ing: “I put my hands up to it.

“It was me. I was go­ing to hand my­self in.”

On Mon­day at the High Court in Glas­gow, 28- year- old John Lam­ing ad­mit­ted rob­bing shop as­sis­tant Zahir Khan of £150 at knife­point.

The of­fence was com­mit­ted on July 14 at the shop at 18 Hamil­ton Road, Ruther­glen.

Ad­vo­cate de­pute Blair Speed, prose­cut­ing, said that Lam­ing, of Cold­stream Drive, Ruther­glen, walked into the shop around 8pm with his hood up looked around and then left.

Five min­utes later Lam­ing en­tered the shop again, walked be­hind the counter and put a knife to Mr Khan’s face.

Mr Speed said: “The ac­cused told Mr Khan: ‘If you move you are gone,’ and then de­manded money.”

The in­ci­dent was caught on CCTV which showed Mr Khan bit­ing Lam­ing on the arm and grab­bing the knife from him dur­ing a strug­gle.

Mr Khan tried to keep Lam­ing in the shop un­til the po­lice ar­rived and also ran to the front of the shop shout­ing for help.

I put my hands up to it. It was me. I was go­ing to hand my­self in

How­ever, Lam­ing man­aged to es­cape, but left the knife be­hind.

Both men ended up with mi­nor cuts from the knife and the ac­cused’s DNA was found on blood­spots on Mr Khan’s jumper.

The court heard that Lam­ing told the po­lice he could re­mem­ber lit­tle of the rob­bery.

He said he had taken cannabis be­fore­hand. He re­mem­bered go­ing back to a car and giv­ing the driver the cash he had stolen.

He claimed he was given £20 or £30 of the money for him­self.

Lam­ing then told po­lice: “I just wish it had never hap­pened.”

The court was told that as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent Mr Khan has suf­fered stress, sleep­less nights and flash­backs.

Judge Lord Ban­natyne de­ferred sen­tence for back­ground re­ports un­til Novem­ber 16 at the High Court at Aberdeen.

His defence coun­sel will give a plea in mit­i­ga­tion then.

Scene The shop in Hamil­ton Road

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