Glasgow & West Scotland

John Burns jailed for phone 'Taser' raid in Hyndland

A man who robbed a Glasgow newsagent by pretending a mobile phone was a Taser has been jailed for three years.

The High Court in Glasgow heard John Burns' face was masked by a T-shirt when he robbed £640 from the Tabak shop in Hyndland in September 2010.

The 26-year-old was caught after being identified due to the distinctive tattoos on his arms.

Following Burns' conviction, judge Lord Matthews told him that a prison sentence had to be imposed in his case.

Tattooed names

During his trial, the jury heard how Burns had gone into the newsagents and pointed a mobile phone at staff and customers.

He yelled: "Give me the money or I'll Taser you."

Burns, from the city's Scotstoun area, then made off with £640 in cash.

Witnesses spotted tattoos of names on his both his arms which led to his arrest.

Burns denied the offence, claiming he was the victim of mistaken identity, but a jury found him guilty.

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