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Gunman tried to steal single cigarette at Arbroath railway station

Arbroath railway station Image copyright Google
Image caption Kevin Ross pointed the gun at the man outside Arbroath railway station

A man who pointed a gun at a man's head and threatened to shoot him in an attempt to steal a single cigarette has been jailed for 27 months.

Kevin Ross pointed the air pistol, which a court heard looked like a real handgun, at Andreas Giallombardo outside Arbroath railway station.

The incident sparked a major police operation, with streets closed and the scene cordoned off.

Ross's solicitor described his client's actions as "extremely stupid".

Depute fiscal Eilidh Robertson told Forfar Sheriff Court: "The complainer was standing outside Arbroath station and was approached by the accused who he thinks he recognises from local pubs.

"After a few minutes the accused tried to grab a cigarette from the complainer saying 'give me that fag or I'll shoot you'.

"He then pointed a black handgun at his forehead.

"The victim told the accused to stop being stupid and put the gun away."

Mr Giallombardo called police, who found both Ross and the weapon nearby.

'Ridiculous behaviour'

Miss Robertson said: "The gun was examined and found to be a CO2-powered weapon powerful enough to be classed as a firearm."

Ross, 43, admitted assaulting Mr Giallombardo, presenting an imitation pistol at him, threatening to shoot him, and demanding a cigarette from him with intent to rob him.

He further admitted having an imitation firearm without lawful authority or reasonable excuse.

Defence solicitor Mike Horsman said: "He can give no real explanation for this ridiculous behaviour.

"He accepts this was an extremely stupid act on his part.

"It has to be accepted it must have been terrifying for the complainer."

Sheriff Gregor Murray jailed Ross for 27 months, telling him: "Any person who takes a firearm and uses it in the act of robbery must accept there is no alternative to a significant custodial sentence."

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