Two years for knife thug who in­jured brave shop worker

Wishaw Press - - CEREMONY -

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

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