Robber threatened pensioner with knife near shop

Daniel Coia crept up behind the 76-year-old and threatened her with a knife.

A man robbed a 76-year-old woman at knife-point as she went to her local shop.

Daniel Coia crept up behind the pensioner saying: “I’m going to take your bag.”

The 30-year-old told his victim he had a knife and warned her not to scream.

Coia and an accomplice fled from the scene of the crime in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire in May this year.

But, the victim shouted after him: “I will remember you.”

Police were alerted before Coia was discovered in a friend’s garden.

It emerged he had been freed early from prison following a previous violent offence.

He is now back behind bars after he pled guilty to an assault and robbery charge at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Johanna Johnston QC branded what happened “despicable”.

Coia was remanded as sentencing was adjourned for reports.

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