Hair salon syringe robber Frank Craig given lifelong restriction
A man who has carried out a spate of robberies to fund his drug habit has been given a lifelong restriction order for using a syringe to raid a salon.
Frank Craig, 34, admitted assault and robbery at the Halo hair salon, in Greenock, Inverclyde, on 20 October.
The High Court in Edinburgh heard he had been released early from a previous prison term when he staged the robbery.
Judge Lord Bracadale imposed an order for lifelong restriction and told Craig he must serve at least 33 months.
The judge also told Craig, of Port Glasgow, he must serve two years of his previous sentence before he starts his latest jail term.
Lord Bracadale warned him that the 33-month sentence did not mean he would be released at that stage.
He told Craig he would not be released until the parole board was satisfied that "the risk you pose can by managed in the community and that may take many years".
Craig has previously been jailed for terms of six and nine years for robbery offences and was freed early from the latter sentence four months before committing his latest crime.
The court heard that female staff and customers were working in the Greenock salon when Craig and a hooded accomplice entered.
They threatened staff with the needle and pushed 43-year-old Charlotte More to the rear of the shop before making off with money tins containing £45.
Craig was caught after one victim was able to identify him from photos shown to her by police.