Raid jus­tice

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The owner of Ruther­glen Post Of­fice be­lieves jus­tice will be done af­ter two men pled guilty to car­ry­ing out a ter­ri­fy­ing rob­bery on his busi­ness.

Martin Bar­nett last week ad­mit­ted team­ing up with ac­com­plice Lee Boyd to hold up Amir Yasin’s shop on Main Street last Novem­ber.

A Ruther­glen Post Of­fice worker who was on duty when two men car­ry­ing a knife robbed the store of more than £13,000 worth of goods, says she is de­lighted they have ad­mit­ted to the crime.

Shop as­sis­tant Joyce Han­ley was work­ing be­hind the counter with Abrar Yasin when Martin Bar­nett jumped on top of it bran­dish­ing what she de­scribed as a large kitchen knife.

Quick re­act­ing Joyce pressed the alarm as soon as the rob­ber and his ac­com­plice Lee Boyd started scream­ing for cash at the store in Novem­ber 2016.

The pair, who stole items in­clud­ing sealed pack­ages due to be sent for recorded de­liv­ery worth £13,750, changed their plea to guilty at the High Court in Glas­gow and were re­manded in cus­tody pend­ing sen­tenc­ing next month.

Joyce, who stays in Ruther­glen, ad­mit­ted she was shocked at the time but was happy with the out­come.“We are de­lighted they have pled guilty,”she said.

“I was ab­so­lutely shocked. I have worked here for nearly eight years and I have never ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like that. I ac­tu­ally came into work the next day be­cause if I didn’t, I knew I wouldn’t come back in, that would let them win.”

Re­call­ing the day of the in­ci­dent, Joyce added:“There were two of them, one be­hind the other. They ac­tu­ally queued be­fore it all hap­pened.

“He [Bar­nett] ap­proached us and asked for the money and then he came up and over the counter.

“I pressed the alarm which puts every­thing on lock down and I grabbed Abrar. They came right over the counter with a knife but by that time we were al­ready through the door.”

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