Glasgow & West Scotland

Hapless robber James Fisher jailed over Rutherglen shop raid

A man with two previous convictions for assault and robbery has been jailed for eight years over a botched armed raid.

James Fisher, 46, was armed with a knife when he tried to rob the One O One off sales in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, on 14 January.

He fled empty handed after being fought off by shop assistant Clare McCue.

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Bill Dunlop QC told Fisher, who pleaded guilty: "It's time you realised you are not very good at this sort of thing,"

The court heard how Fisher went into the shop wearing a black beanie hat and with a scarf covering the lower part of his face and armed with a knife.

'Feisty lady'

He demanded money but Ms McCue told him the incident was being captured on CCTV before pushing him away and grabbing his hat and scarf, revealing his face.

Fisher managed to open the till and grab £360, but Ms McCue continued to push him and he dropped notes to the value of £80.

When a customer came into the shop Fisher fled. He was later identified by Ms McCue and his DNA was found inside the hat she took from him.

Judge Dunlop told him: "This was some feisty lady you came across that day.

"It's time you realised you are not very good at this sort of thing. This was a heartless, inept drunken escapade."

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