Day-Today store attempted robbery admitted by teenager


A masked Blantyre teenager tried to rob a convenience store while brandishing a knife and baseball bat.

The teenager, aged between 15 and 17, and who cannot be identified for legal reasons, repeatedly demanded cash at the Farm Road store on November 19 last year.

At Hamilton Sheriff Court last Friday he pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted robbery of a member of the Day-Today store staff, Abdul Ashfaq.

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Fiscal depute Jason Bell said the store owner and a shop assistant were in the premises at 9.10pm that day when two boys entered.

The teenagers were wearing dark clothing and dark balaclavas. One had a bat and the other a large knife.

One of the males was the accused but the other was not traced.

Mr Bell said they began to shout for money and strike the counter with the bat and the knife.

The shopkeeper said there was no money in the tills but they continued to shout.

The accused went round the counter and prised the till open with a screwdriver. There was no money in the till and the two boys left.

The shop assistant had triggered the panic alarm and when officers attended they noticed two youths wearing dark clothing a short distance away.

They identified themselves as police officers, said Mr Bell, and the two men ran away.

The accused was caught after a short chase but the other boy escaped.

Officers were able to seize clothing which both the shop owner and shop assistant identified as that worn by the accused.

The teenager’s not guilty plea to a charge of possessing a knuckleduster in a Blantyre Street on the same date was accepted by the Crown.

Sheriff Marie Smart deferred sentence on the teenager until August 2 for a criminal justice social work report. Bail was continued meantime.

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