‘If they get five or six years I will be happy’
Post office owner’s verdict after guilty pleas
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 teamed up with accomplice Lee Boyd to hold up Amir Yasin’s shop on Main Street last November.
A judge heard how employees cowered in fear as Barnett wielded a serrated-knife while screaming “give me the money”.
Staff raced into a back room and slammed shut a security door while the pair “grabbed whatever was to hand” including sealed packages due to be sent recorded delivery.
The value of the stolen haul was said to be £13,750.
Both then left but a number of items fell to the ground including two sealed envelopes and the handle of the knife.
Police soon spotted the robbers with their hands full of the loot. Barnett raced off, but officers caught Boyd. Barnett was later found by police and asked officers if having a blade “counted as armed robbery”.
Shop owner Amir, 26, was at the front of the store when Barnett and Boyd stormed the premises.
He recalled: “They came in a couple of times to scope the place out, up until then it was a typical Thursday. It was pretty late on, we tend to get busy around then.
“I was at the shop counter at the time. They did look a bit suspicious, they had their hoods up but I didn’t think much of it at the time. And they went up and one has obviously tried to jump the counter. We had my brother Abrar and Joyce [Hanley] on at the time and she has pressed the alarm.
“You have a bit of adrenaline in you and you feel angry. But it was one of those things where you can’t challenge them because they had a knife. It was quite traumatic for the staff.
“I then went out the store to get assistance. The police were really good, they reacted pretty quickly.”
The details emerged as the pair - both 25 - pled guilty at the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday to being involved in the raid.
Boyd initially denied being involved. Barnett, however, was later snared and he made no comment at first.
But, he then blurted out: “Me and my pal were just out for a pint.
“I was out my nut and thought f*** it. I jumped into the post office, I got a big bundle of postal orders.”
Barnett added: “Does a blade count as armed robbery? That’s all I had.”
Barnett, of Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, then went on to confess he had carried out other raids in two Co-op stores in Baillieston, Glasgow within a week last November.
Boyd, of the city’s Barlanark, was also involved in the latter crime.
Barnett admitted to three assault and robbery charges while his accomplice pled guilty to two.
Lord Matthews remanded both in custody pending sentencing on August 8 in Aberdeen.
Amir, who has been the owner of the store for two years, added: “I’m pleased they have held their hands up to it and pled guilty. It’s good they will be sentenced, justice will be done.
“It’s quite a violent crime and I hope they learn their lesson. If they get five or six years I will be happy.”
They came in a couple of times to scope the place out