Robbed at knife­point

Man had‘large kitchen knife’

Hamilton Advertiser - - ON THE BEAT - Court re­porter

A man has ad­mit­ted rob­bing an Ud­dingston shop­keeper at knife­point.

David Mur­doch fled with £90 after the as­sault on 60-year-old Robert White, but a mem­ber of the pub­lic tracked him to a house nearby and con­tacted the po­lice.

Mur­doch (32) ap­peared at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court where he ad­mit­ted as­sault and rob­bery at Anne’s Pantry in Kylepark Drive on June 3 this year.

Des­mond Mooney, (41), a pris­oner, had his not guilty plea to the same charge ac­cepted. He’s serv­ing a jail sen­tence for an­other crime.

Cal­lum Forsyth, prose­cut­ing, said Mur­doch, his head cov­ered by a hood, en­tered the newsagents and general store around 11am and im­me­di­ately jumped over the counter to con­front Mr White.

Mr Forsyth told the court: “Mur­doch had a large kitchen knife with him.

“He de­manded money and, as­sum­ing there was a panic but­ton, told the shop­keeper not to press it.

“A strug­gle en­sued be­hind the counter and Mr White handed over ap­prox­i­mately £90. The ac­cused then jumped back over the counter and fled from the shop.

“Sev­eral mem­bers of the pub­lic had seen him out­side and were sus­pi­cious of his be­hav­iour.

“One man was so sus­pi­cious that he con­tacted the po­lice and fol­lowed the ac­cused by car to a nearby ad­dress.

“He parked his car there and waited for the po­lice to ar­rive.” The fis­cal said “nu­mer­ous” po­lice of­fi­cers turned up at the house, but they were de­nied ac­cess and had to force en­try.

He added: “They found the ac­cused in an up­stairs bed­room.

“The cloth­ing he had worn dur­ing the rob­bery was re­cov­ered from the loft, but the money he took was not.”

De­fence agent El­speth For­rest said Mur­doch com­mit­ted the crime be­cause he needed money after be­ing threat­ened.

Since the rob­bery he has “had to leave his home ad­dress to flee vi­o­lence”.

Mrs For­rest told the court: “He thinks as­saults per­pe­trated on him fairly re­cently, which re­sulted in him hav­ing a frac­tured eye socket, stem from his in­volve­ment in this in­ci­dent.

“This shop is well-known in the lo­cal area and some peo­ple seem to have taken um­brage at his in­volve­ment. He has had to move to Hamil­ton as a re­sult.

“He ac­cepts he be­haved in this way which was rep­re­hen­si­ble, all the more so be­cause he knows the peo­ple at the shop. “He re­grets very much be­ing in­volved.” Mrs For­rest said Mur­doch, for­merly of Mead­ow­bank Lane, Ud­dingston, is a full-time carer for his ter­mi­nally ill part­ner.

She asked that bail be con­tin­ued while back­ground re­ports are pre­pared.

Sher­iff Daniel Kelly wasn’t pre­pared to do that, telling Mur­doch: “Given the grav­ity of the charge you have pleaded guilty to and the fact you have failed to ap­pear pre­vi­ously, you will be re­manded in cus­tody mean­time.”

Sen­tence was de­ferred un­til Novem­ber 21.

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