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Armed robber with 'gun' attacked OAP and Tesco worker in £900 raid

Stephen Lawrie and another man stole more than £900 from a Tesco Express in Airdrie, Lanarkshire.

Raid: Man jailed for attacking people during armed robbery at supermarket.
Raid: Man jailed for attacking people during armed robbery at supermarket.

An armed robber who attacked an OAP and a shop worker during a raid at a supermarket has been jailed for more than six years.

Stephen Lawrie and another man stole more than £900 from a Tesco Express in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, on September 14, 2014.

During the robbery Lawrie jabbed an imitation pistol into the stomach of a 76-year-old man and hit a worker over the head with it, using such force the gun broke.

Lawrie, 40, was caught after his DNA was found on a broken part of the weapon. He pleaded guilty to assault and robbery as well as possessing an imitation firearm.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Lawrie and another man, who was armed with a knife, were both masked when they carried out the raid.

Father-of-four Lawrie demanded that 76-year-old shopper Hugh Goldie get on the ground before pushing what appeared to be a handgun into his stomach, causing him to fall.

Staff were then told to fill a bag with cash. Lawrie then yelled that no one was to call for help before hitting worker John Turnbull on the head with the weapon with such force that it broke.

The pair escaped but Lawrie was caught after his DNA was found on a broken part of the weapon that was recovered by police.

Defence counsel Joe Cahill said: “Mr Lawrie has asked me to tender his sincere apologies to those involved. He accepts how horrific it must have been for them.

“At the time he was high on cocaine. He is now ashamed and frightened by what he is capable of. As a result he has not touched drugs or alcohol since.ends

At the High Court in Glasgow judge Lady Rae told Lawrie: “This must have been a terrifying incident for those involved, one of whom was a 76 year old, who because he couldn’t get out of the way, was assaulted by you.

“You caused him to fall backwards onto the floor and he was in poor health at the time. Then, after you got the money you gratuitously hit one of the supermarket assistants on the head with the gun.”

The court heard that the gun was an imitation one, but Lady Rae said: “Your victims wouldn’t know that and to be threatened with that must have been absolutely terrifying.”


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