Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Salvatore Sivero convicted of shop raids in Edinburgh

A 29-year-old man has been found guilty of two robberies in Edinburgh within three hours of each other.

Salvatore Sivero robbed the Shell service station on Glasgow Road just before 04:00 on 19 July last year.

He was also convicted of assaulting and robbing Mohammed Aslam at his shop in Brunswick Road at 06:50.

Sivero, who will be sentenced on 29 February, held a knife against Mr Aslam's throat, hit him on the head and left him with injuries to his hand.

Earlier the trial had heard how the shopkeeper tackled the knife-wielding robber and chased him out of his shop with a stick after having a blade held against his throat.

The 54-year-old newsagent told how he hit the thief with a 'shutter' stick as he fled with about £200.

The shopkeeper said he broke his thumb in the struggle, which moved a bone in his hand.

He told the court this had left him permanently disfigured.

In the first robbery, Sivero was found guilty of presenting a knife at a Shell service station employee and robbing a packet of cigarettes and £50.

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