Puppy raid gang who held knife at girl’s throat jailed

Machete was held at ten-year-old girl's throat before puppies worth £8000 were taken.

Three men who stole stole puppies in a raid which saw a machete held to a schoolgirl’s throat have been jailed.

Ben Murphy, 19, Liam Kinsella, 27, and Samuel Durnion, 21, smashed into a house in Castlemilk, Glasgow, last August.

A judge heard a ten-year-old girl had a machete held against her throat before the gang stole eight three-week old Bull Mastiff pups valued at £8000.

The trio were sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow having earlier admitted acting with others in the assault and robbery.

Murphy was sentenced to 30 months and Kinsella for five years and three months, while Durnion was locked up for four years.

Durnion will also be supervised for a further two years on his release.

Judge Lord Beckett described the raid as “pre-meditated” and said it had had a “profound” effect on those involved.

It is not known exactly how many of the dogs were returned.

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