Glasgow & West Scotland

Judge jails 'habitual criminal'

A convicted robber who dragged a terrified woman out of her car and tried to steal her handbag has been jailed for more than 13 years.

Francis Carr, 39, admitted attacking 61-year-old June Boswell near Glasgow's Forge Market in June.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that two months previously he had been released early from a 10-year sentence for robbing a petrol station.

Judge Lord Uist said Carr was a "habitual and incorrigible criminal".

The court heard how the attacked happened as Miss Boswell was getting into her car after leaving work at the Forge Market on 10 June with about £1,000 of takings.

Carr demanded that she give him her money and threatened to attack her with a knife.

Terrifying ordeal

The court was shown CCTV footage of Carr struggling with the woman before dragging her along the road.

Witness Brian Stirling spotted the attempted robbery and raced to help Miss Boswell.

He chased Carr before punching and knocking him to the ground. Carr was then held until police arrived to arrest him.

The court heard how Carr has three previous High Court convictions for assault and robbery, with jail terms totalling 21 years.

Lord Uist jailed him for 11 years and three months for the offence, but ordered that he must first serve 950 days of the previous term.

"It is clear this incident must have been a terrifying ordeal for your victim," he said.

"It is also clear that you are a habitual and incorrigible criminal. My duty is to protect the public."

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