Glasgow & West Scotland

'It's funny' armed robber Shaun Gangel jailed

A man who told police "it's a bit funny" after being arrested for an armed robbery at a bookmakers in Glasgow has been jailed for six years.

Shaun Gangel admitted using a firearm and stealing £85 from the BetFred shop in Possil Road on 11 August last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that the 31-year-old had previous convictions for assault and robbery, and assault to permanent disfigurement.

He will be monitored for three years after his release from prison.

Jailing him, judge Lord Turnbull said: "You have a substantial record of violent conduct causing distress and upset to members of the public.

"It may be true you have a level of insight into the harm you caused in this case. I hope that is so."

'No remorse'

He added: "But this offence was committed in a calm and calculated manner and you have shown no remorse."

The court heard that Gangel was caught on CCTV carrying out the raid.

He walked up to the counter and pulled the firearm out of a carrier bag and demanded money, telling staff "don't panic" and "stay calm".

When police later arrested him, Gangel told officers: "It's a bit funny, to be honest with you, it's a bit of a joke."

The court heard that the gun used in the robbery had never been recovered.

Both staff working in the bookmakers were badly shaken by the incident and one of them has not been able to return to work.

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