COURT CASE

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Alis­tair McNeil

The shop owner bru­tally at­tacked by Cam­bus­lang man Colin Munro has hit out at the sen­tence handed down to the thug.

Shahid Parvez and shop worker Mo­hammed Rafiq wres­tled with Munro and An­drew Madden dur­ing the raid last Septem­ber at their shop in Hamil­ton.

Mr Rafiq was hit by a ham­mer dur­ing the at­tempted rob­bery and was left with a cut to the head.

A fright­ened fe­male cus­tomer and her six-month-old child mean­time hid for their safety in the store.

Munro, 32, and 33-year-old Madden were each jailed for four years last week.

Mr Parvez told our sis­ter pa­per, the Hamil­ton Ad­ver­tiser, that he still has fears and is ner­vous when peo­ple en­ter the store.

He said: “I think six to seven years would have been a more ap­pro­pri­ate sen­tence. Four years is noth­ing. It doesn’t take ac­count of the po­ten­tial se­ri­ous­ness of the at­tack.

“Mo­hammed is still see­ing the doc­tor. The right side of his arm is still numb and he re­quires phys­io­ther­apy.

“I’m more or less back to nor­mal now but it was a big shock at the time.

“When the shop door opens now, I worry some­thing like that could hap­pen all over again.”

Munro and Madden ad­mit­ted a charge of as­sault with in­tent to rob in Jan­uary.

Madden had ini­tially stormed in clutch­ing a ham­mer with his hood up and a scarf cov­er­ing his face.

He went be­hind the till and be­gan grap­pling with Mr Parvez.

Munro – armed with a knife and with his face also hid­den – then raced into the store.

He quickly turned on Mr Rafiq and started punch­ing him.

Judge Lady Scott locked each of them up for four years. She also or­dered they

Fear Shahid Parvez says the sen­tence handed out to Colin Munro was not lengthy enough for the crime Thug Colin Munro from Cam­bus­lang

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