Glasgow 'rent arrears' robber Paul Ryan faces jail term
A man has claimed he robbed a Glasgow bookmakers to avoid his ex-partner and their children becoming homeless.
Pail Ryan, 35, used a toy gun to steal £2,200 from the Ladbrokes shop in Clarendon Place on 19 April.
The High Court in Glasgow was told he did so after his former partner told him she was at risk of being evicted due to rent arrears of £900.
Ryan pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and robbery and was remanded in custody. Sentence was deferred.
The court heard how Ryan had been living with his mother in Glasgow's Woodside area when he carried out the robbery.
He threatened a female worker - who was alone in the shop - with what appeared to be a gun wrapped in a carrier bag.
Defence advocate Geoffrey Forbes said: "His former partner told him in April that she was at risk of being evicted due to rent arrears of £900.
"She is in employment, but, despite that, she got herself into arrears and asked Ryan for help - but he was not working at the time.
"He was concerned about his partner and his children losing their tenancy.
"Paul Ryan and his own mother both experienced homelessness during his childhood and he did not want this for his children."
Mr Forbes told the court that neither drink or drug abuse were the motive behind the theft.
The lawyer said: "He regrets his conduct and tenders his apologies. He has said that if he was able to meet the worker involved in person, he would apologise to her."