Nikolas McGregor jailed over spear gun raid in Hamilton
A man who threatened shop staff with a spear gun during a failed robbery in South Lanarkshire has been jailed for four years and two months.
The High Court in Glasgow heard how shoppers fled when masked Nikolas McGregor tried to hold up the Co-op store in Hamilton on 17 August.
The 24-year-old, from Scotstoun in Glasgow, ran off empty handed after he was challenged by a security guard.
He was arrested after police later found him hiding in a garden.
The court heard how traumatised shop assistant Patricia Murphy only returned to work last month.
Gerry Considine, defending, said drug dealers had threatened to kill McGregor the day before the raid over a debt that he had built up.
Mr Considine said McGregor then "foolishly" decided to rob the shop to get cash.
Jailing him, judge Lord Bannatyne told McGregor that he had been involved in a "distressing and frightening" incident.
"This serious offence involved the use of a spear gun - the fact it could not be fired makes no difference," the judge said.
"This was a very distressing and frightening experience (for Ms Murphy) and this has had a very significant effect on her."