Two years for knife thug who injured brave shop worker
A brave Wishaw shop worker was injured as she struggled with a knife-wielding raider who had ordered her to hand over cash.
Ryan Curran was jailed for two years at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Friday.
He admitted attempting to rob the Day ‘n’ Nite shop in Caledonian Road on October 10 last year. He was on bail for another matter at the time.
Curran, 23, a prisoner, also admitted pushing his dad on to a bed and stealing his brother’s Playstation games console from the family home in Steel Street, Wishaw, on the same day.
Scott King, prosecuting, showed the court CCTV footage of the shop incident.
The female shop worker was alone there when Curran arrived shortly before noon and picked up a bottle of lemonade.
Mr King said: “His face was covered by the hood of his jacket and the witness told him to take it off.
“But he grabbed her by the neck and pointed the knife at her while shouting ‘Money, money’.
“The witness began to struggle with him, but managed to reach under the till and pressed the panic button. Curran saw her do this and ran off.”
The woman suffered a minor cut to her hand from the knife.
Defence agent Diarmid Bruce said his client decided to rob the shop to pay off a £500 debt.
The solicitor explained: “Pressure was being put on him and individuals had threatened to create difficulties for his mum and dad.
“He felt the solution was to behave in this appalling way. He went there in the hope it would be straightforward, but it wasn’t and there was a struggle.
“The lady got an injury and he is sorry for that.”
Mr Bruce said Curran had a “traumatic” background and a doctor believes he suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder.
He added: “He has sought solace in alcohol, valium and heroin.”
Passing sentence, Sheriff Thomas Millar noted that knives have featured in some of Curran’s previous offending.
The two-year stretch was backdated to October 15 as the accused has been in custody since then.
Knife terror Curran was jailed after trying to rob the Day ‘n’ Nite store