Glasgow & West Scotland

Joseph Bradley jailed for Glasgow knife robbery attempt

A man who tried to rob a stranger at knifepoint minutes after he stepped off a bus has been jailed for 40 months.

Joseph Bradley, 53, admitted attacking 33-year-old Michael Preen in Glasgow's Cranhill area in January this year.

He was caught after nearby police heard the victim scream and came to help.

At the High Court in Glasgow, serial offender Bradley, who was out under supervision at the time of the attack, was ordered to be monitored for five years following his release.

Judge Lady Rae branded him a high risk to the public.

"This must have been a terrifying ordeal for this man," she said.

"It was lucky that police were in the vicinity and heard his cries for help."

Bradley, who had followed his victim off the bus, admitted a charge of assault with intent to rob.

His lengthy criminal record includes a nine-year jail term and another seven-year sentence, both for assault and robbery.

The court was told he was high on Valium at the time of the offence and claimed he had no idea how he came by the knife.

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