Highlands & Islands

Man jailed for armed robbery at house in Drumnadrochit

A man who robbed the wife of his boss at gunpoint at her home in the Highlands has been jailed for six years and seven months.

Ali Akguc, 36, robbed Lisa Cetiner in Drumnadrochit in December 2015 while her two young children with her.

Akguc targeted Mrs Cetiner while her husband was away from home.

He was jailed at the High Court in Glasgow. The Turkish national also faces being deported at the end of his sentence.

Akguc denied carrying out the robbery and blamed a workmate for the crime. He was convicted following a trial in Aberdeen.

The trial heard that Mrs Cetiner had answered her door late at night and a masked man barged in.

'Do not kill me'

Akguc demanded money and ordered the children to sit on the floor.

While she was looking for cash, Mrs Cetiner could hear one of her children shouting at the man: "Do not kill me."

She handed over more than £1,400. Akguc told her: "Do not scream or I will come back and shoot you."

The trial heard that Mrs Cetiner recognised Akguc as someone employed by her husband at his restaurant in Fort Augustus.

Akguc's lawyer Tony Lenehan told the High Court in Glasgow: "His insistence on innocence is maintained."

Police Scotland said it acknowledged the sentence handed down to Akguc.

Det Ch Insp Michael Sutherland said: "This was a frightening ordeal for Akguc's victims and an understandably distressing incident for the wider community of Drumnadrochit.

"Violent offences such as this will not be tolerated in the Highlands or elsewhere."

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