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Facebook selfie leads to capture of Ladbrokes robber James Robertson

A man who robbed an Aberdeen bookmakers at knifepoint but was then caught after posting a Facebook selfie has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.

James Robertson, 26, held up a Ladbrokes shop in Rousay Drive in the Mastrick area of the city in February.

He posted a picture in the same outfit he wore during the raid.

Advocate depute Keith Stewart QC, prosecuting, told the High Court in Glasgow: "This was a foolish piece of bravado by the accused showing off."

'Must be protected'

Police also recovered text messages including one which said: "Wait until you see the morn's paper."

Robertson, who has 90 previous convictions, was found guilty of committing the robbery after an earlier trial.

Robertson's 17-year-old cousin, also called James Robertson, was jailed for three years.

Judge Lord Armstrong told the pair: "This robbery was pre-meditated and planned.

"Shop workers must be protected against people like you who show no regard for the law."

'Terrifying incident'

They had their faces masked and brandished a knife at an employee, before taking £1,485.

Det Insp Lorna Ferguson said: "It would have been a terrifying incident for the employee involved.

"We welcome the sentence handed down today and it shows that the courts take a very serious view to this type of offence."

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