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John Millarkie admits failed Shetland robbery bid

A man who wanted to get away from Shetland staged a failed armed raid on his local bookmakers, a court has heard.

John Millarkie wore a balaclava and fake beard, spoke in a mock Irish accent and demanded money at Shetland Turf Accountants in Lerwick.

However, a staff member responded: "Stop mucking about John".

Millarkie, 55, who hurt an employee's fingers with a knife, admitted assault and attempted robbery.

Sentence at the High Court in Edinburgh was deferred.

Millarkie told police officers he was desperate to get away from Shetland and saw the bookmakers as an easy target.

He said he had suffered depression since the death of his wife in September 2011 and wanted to get away.

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