Out of luck
The son of a Cambuslang lottery winner has been jailed for his part in a violent robbery.
Colin Munro was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday.
His mum, Cathy, won £ 3.5million in 2006 but she died just a few days after Munro admitted his crime back in January.
The thug son of a millionaire lottery winner has been jailed for four years after a violent robbery bid.
Colin Munro was part of a terrifying raid which saw a shop worker smacked with a hammer.
He admitted the crime in January. Just days later, his mum Cathy died at the age of 60.
The 32 year old appeared at the High Court in Paisley yesterday, Tuesday, after he earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of assault with intent to rob. His accomplice Andrew Madden , 33, also admitted to the same crime.
Judge Lady Scott locked each of them up for four years. She also ordered they be supervised for a further three years on their release. The court heard how the pair targeted the Hillhouse grocery store in Hamilton last September.
Madden initially stormed in clutching a hammer with his hood up and a scarf covering his face.
He immediately went behind the till and soon began grappling with shop owner Shahid Parvez.
Munro – armed with a knife and with his face also hidden – then raced into the store. He quickly turned on worker Mohammed Rafiq and started punching him.
Prosecutor Allan Nicol said: “Both (workers) were fighting to try to avoid being struck by the weapons the accused had.”
A frightened female customer and her six-month-old child hid for their safety in the store.
CCTV of the raid was shown in court. Munro and Madden could be seen struggling with the men as shelves of groceries end up scattered onto the floor.
The duo eventually leave – by this time their faces revealed after their scarves have slipped down.
But, Munro returned and struck Mr Rafiq on the head with the hammer leaving him cut.
The raiders then fled again towards nearby woods.
However, the knife that Munro had been brandishing was left behind in the store.
Police were soon on the scene and the two shop staff were taken to hospital. Mr Rafiq required treatment for a head wound.
Officers meanwhile were tipped off that two men had been spotted racing from the woods towards a block of flats.
Police – with the use of a sniffer dog – then traced Munro and Madden to a property there and detained them.
Munro’s mother passed away days after he admitted to the raid.
In 2006, she told how she was going to split her £3.5m fortune with family including Munro and her two other sons Barry and Craig.
She said at the time: “You see a lot of people going off their head when they get a lot of money by going out partying, but that lifestyle is not for me.
“I just wanted enough to pay all the bills and look after my family.”
Her husband, John, died just a few months after their win.
The robbery bid is not the first time Munro has landed in court since his mum became a millionaire.
Months after the win, the thug was accused of chasing a man with a bottle and assaulting him.
But, the case against him and a friend collapsed at Glasgow Sheriff Court.
He had already served a 54-month sentence when aged just 16 he was convicted of serious assault in 2001.
Despite his desperate bid for cash, it emerged Munro’s latest address was in a smart development at Cambuslang. The property – close to where he was brought up - was bought for just under £200,000 shortly after Catherine Munro’s Lotto success.
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