Glasgow & West Scotland

Four years for man who staged failed knife robberies

A man who brandished a knife during a spate of failed shop robberies in Glasgow has been jailed for four years.

Joseph Elder, 28, targeted three shops in the space of 25 minutes in the city's Tollcross area in February.

He admitted two charges of assault with intent to rob and a third charge of assault on a shopkeeper.

The High Court in Glasgow was told by Elder's lawyer that his crime spree had not been planned and "appeared to happen spontaneously".

The court heard that Elder had initially targeted a newsagents.

Later, he went into a grocery store in Wellshot Road with a friend.

When the other man asked for Buckfast, Elder complained about the cost of the tonic wine.

He then brandished a knife at shop worker Sami Hussein, but both men fled when Mr Hussein pressed a panic alarm.

Elder then went on to threaten Bilal Aslam at knifepoint at his mobile phone shop in the city's Tollcross Road.

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