Glasgow & West Scotland

Robbers Stewart and Gibson have over 130 convictions

Two men with more than 130 convictions between them have been told to expect "significant" jail terms for carrying out an armed raid in South Lanarkshire.

John Stewart, 34, and 35-year-old Gary Gibson admitted robbing the Shell garage in Portland Place, Hamilton, at gunpoint on 10 July this year.

Both pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and robbery after they were caught from CCTV images of the raid.

At the High Court in Glasgow, sentence on Stewart and Gibson was deferred.

The court was told Stewart, who claimed to be agoraphobic, was "coaxed" from his home in Hamilton, which he was said to have "rarely left".

Shooting threat

He and Gibson later confronted garage worker Sarah Brownhill.

Gibson brandished a gun and told her: "This is a hold-up - give me the money. Open the till or I will blow your head off."

CCTV footage showed Ms Brownhill cowering on the floor as Gibson then climbed over the counter.

He and Stewart eventually fled with cash and cigarettes.

Police were alerted and the pair were soon traced.

Both initially denied involvement before Gibson claimed to officers the weapon used had been "a toy gun".

Temporary Judge Rita Rae QC deferred sentencing until later this month for reports.

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