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Man fought off armed robber David McMahon with stool

A Fife man fought off a knife-wielding robber with a kitchen stool after he entered his home and demanded cash.

Paul Dow and Jacqueline Turner were getting ready to go out on 18 May when David McMahon came into their kitchen.

Mr Dow, 44, picked up a stool and told 39-year-old McMahon to leave, while Ms Turner phoned the police.

McMahon dropped his two knives after being struck with the stool and was restrained until the police arrived. He has been jailed for four years.

Passing sentence at the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Bracadale said it must have been a "terrifying experience" for the couple.

Demanding money

The judge also pointed out that McMahon had "a significant criminal record".

He ordered McMahon to be kept under supervision for a further three years following his release from prison.

The court heard that Ms Turner, 48, had been startled by McMahon coming into the kitchen.

McMahon, a complete stranger, had a knife in each hand and was demanding money.

Mr Dow picked up a stool and told McMahon to get out of the house, before trying to her him away.

Attempted robbery

McMahon backed into the hall and was struck with the stool. He lost his balance and tried to stop himself falling, dropping the knives in the process.

Mr Dow grabbed him until police arrived.

McMahon was taken into police custody, where he claimed he was HIV positive before trying to bite an officer.

He admitted charges of illegal possession of the knives, entering the house in Kirkcaldy, assault and attempted robbery.

He also pled guilty to assaulting PC Gary Elsby at Dunfermline police station on the same date by attempting to bite him on the hand.

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