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Robber jailed for Edinburgh students throat-slit threat

An armed intruder who threatened to slit the throats of two students in their Edinburgh home has been jailed for six years.

Olufemi Olumide forced Christina Robbie and Brett Dorrans to put valuables in a bag then he tied them up.

He admitting assaulting and robbing the pair at a flat in Gardiners Crescent in April.

The court heard he boasted about the short time he would spend in prison for what he had done.

The 32-year-old told the students: "If you don't want to go into witness protection then you won't call the police."

"Judging by what I've done today I'll probably get three to five years but in Scotland I'll be out in two."

At the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lady Clark of Calton told Olumide: "To assault the young occupants in their own flat with a knife, tie them up, terrorise them and threaten them with horrible consequences is completely unacceptable and very worrying to the court."

She ordered that Olumide be put on licence for a period of three years after he is released from custody.

Terrifying ordeal

Olumide also pleaded guilty to breaking into a flat in the city's Gibson Terrace five days later and stealing a TV and other items.

Advocate depute Michael Stuart told the court that Olumide had an extensive criminal record including 53 convictions for dishonesty, nine for violence and three for possessing weapons.

The court heard Ms Robbie, 24 and Mr Dorrans, 23, had left their top floor flat to go shopping when they saw Olumide, whom they did not know, on the stairs.

When they returned they found Olumide in their living room. He tried to leave but was challenged by Mr Dorrans.

Olumide pulled a knife from his waistband and asked: "Have you any valuables?" He threatened to slit Ms Robbie's throat after she fled to a bedroom and made a similar threat against Mr Dorrans if she did not come out.

He took his victims through the flat forcing them to put mobile phones, an ipod, cameras, games and a watch in his rucksack.

He then forced Mr Dorrans to tie Ms Robbie's hands and feet before he also tied up Mr Dorrans.

After he left, the victims managed to free themselves and call the police.

Defence solicitor advocate David Allan said: "He did not intentionally set out that day to commit this particular offence.

"Although this was a terrifying ordeal, there was no physical injury or use of the knife on the victims."

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