Manused knife to de­mand £1,000 in city shop

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS -

A would-be rob­ber told a worker at an Aberdeen cor­ner shop that he had a gun in his bag as he bran­dished a knife and de­manded £1,000 in cash.

Brian Forbes was a reg­u­lar cus­tomer at L&M Stores on Hutcheon Street so em­ployee Chaudhry Khan ini­tially thought noth­ing un­to­ward about his visit at 5.50am on Fri­day, Au­gust 17.

How­ever, Mr Khan was left stunned when the 42-year-old placed a hand­writ­ten note on the counter de­mand­ing cash.

Forbes ap­peared at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day.

Fis­cal Jamie Dun­bar,

“The ac­cused kept say­ing ‘money, money’”

said: “The ac­cused took an en­ve­lope out of his bag, which con­tained a long note.

“Mr Khan only read the last part of it, which said ‘I need £1,000’.

“The ac­cused kept say­ing ‘money, money’ and took a yel­low duster out of his bag, and stated there was a knife in the cloth.

“When the worker re­fused to give him any money, Forbes put his hand back in the bag and said he had a gun in there.”

The court heard that the ac­cused then showed Mr Khan the lock-knife he had, but fled when a panic alarm was set off.

The po­lice traced him at his home about two hours later, and ar­rested him.

Forbes later ad­mit­ted charges of at­tempted rob­bery and of pos­sess­ing a knife in a pub­lic place “with­out rea­son­able ex­cuse”.

Sher­iff Wil­liam Sum­mers agreed to de­fer sen­tence on Forbes, who ap­peared on re­mand from HMP Grampian, un­til next month.

He said there was “more than a strong pos­si­bil­ity” of him be­ing sent to jail.

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