Perthshire knife car­jacker was just 10 years old

Court told boy helped teenager steal ve­hi­cle af­ter driver stopped in layby

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - GOR­DON CUR­RIE

A 10-year-old boy helped carry out an armed car­jack­ing on a wind farm worker who was sleep­ing in a re­mote layby in the dead of night, a court heard.

The boy and Charles Lindsay, 19, en­tered the man’s car.

It was then stolen at knife­point and taken for a ride.

Car owner Rhys Wil­liams, 23, who had been tired af­ter driv­ing from Wales to Scot­land to re­turn to work, was left at the road­side with­out his shoes.

Perth Sher­iff Court was told he had fled from the car af­ter see­ing the knife and hear­ing the boy shout: “Get out of the car!”

Lindsay was caught af­ter dump­ing the car near his mother’s home and leav­ing his DNA on the steer­ing wheel.

Mr Wil­liams’ stolen Ar­mani track­suit was found dur­ing a search of Lindsay’s home.

Mo­tor­bike me­chanic Lindsay, of Lo­gie Drive, Lo­gieal­mond, yesterday ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing and rob­bing Mr Wil­liams at knife­point on Oc­to­ber 13 last year.

He ad­mit­ted act­ing with an­other un­known male in a layby on the A926 Blair­gowrie to Alyth road by en­ter­ing the Seat Ibiza and de­mand­ing prop­erty from Mr Wil­liams.

Lindsay ad­mit­ted pre­sent­ing a knife, or­der­ing Mr Wil­liams to leave the ve­hi­cle be­fore driv­ing it away and steal­ing the car and its con­tents.

De­pute fis­cal Laura Bruce said: “At 5.20am Mr Wil­liams was wo­ken by tap­ping on the win­dow.

“He turned and saw the ac­cused climb into the front pas­sen­ger seat. The ac­cused said ‘give me ev­ery­thing you’ve got’. Mr Wil­liams could see a blade in his hand.

“He told the ac­cused ev­ery­thing was in the boot to try and get them out of the car. The ac­cused put his hand on the vic­tim’s shoul­der and said ‘give me your phone’.”

She said an­other voice shouted ‘get out of the car’, and this was the boy.

Solic­i­tor John McLaugh­lin said Lindsay had been wait­ing to ap­ply to join the Army.

“There maybe el­e­ments in his back­ground which in­di­cate there may be some prospect of sav­ing him and pre­vent­ing him from act­ing this way again,” he said.

Sher­iff Gil­lian Wade said: “A con­vic­tion for armed rob­bery is not go­ing to as­sist you in join­ing the Army. You have been con­victed of a very se­ri­ous of­fence.

“A cus­to­dial sen­tence is very much at the fore­front of my think­ing and you should pre­pare your­self for that even­tu­al­ity.”

Lindsay was granted bail and sen­tence was de­ferred for re­ports.

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