South Scotland

Kelloholm Co-op knifepoint robber jailed

A man who robbed a shop assistant at knifepoint for seven packets of tobacco has been jailed for four years.

Andrew Whiteford, 27, admitted committing the robbery after leaving the family home and going out to the Co-op store at Kelloholm in March.

Dumfries Sheriff Court heard how he confronted a shop assistant with a wooden-handled hunting knife.

Whiteford, who had served an eight-year term for a similar offence, was also given an extended four-year sentence.

The court was told shop assistant Michael Rafferty was tidying up papers when Whiteford came in and put down a 10p piece to buy sweets.

When the till was opened, however, he had pulled out the knife.

Whiteford had taken a substantial quantity of drugs before carrying out the robbery, the court heard.

Sheriff Kenneth Ross told him that reports showed he was a danger and that he could commit this sort of offence again.

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