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Thief Michael Kane jailed for armed robberies in Edinburgh

A thief has been jailed for more than five years for armed raids on two Edinburgh newsagents and the robbery of a sandwich shop.

Michael Kane, 27, admitted robberies at First News in Gorgie Road on 7 September and Dalry Newsagents in Dalry Road on 27 November.

He also admitted an attempt to rob the Subway takeaway outlet on Leith Walk on 29 November.

Kane was caught after a Subway worker tripped him up and sat on him.

The police then arrived and arrested him.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Burns praised the actions of the Subway worker as he jailed Kane for five years and three months.

Illicit substances

Lord Burns said the sandwich shop worker was to be "commended for his bravery" in apprehending Kane and restraining him until the arrival of the police.

The judge told Kane he would have faced a seven-year jail sentence but for his guilty pleas. He also ordered that Kane should be under supervision for a further three years.

Lord Burns said: "These three offences to which you pled guilty are obviously very serious offences and are troubling because of the circumstances under which they were committed, namely when you were plainly under the influence of illicit substances."

Homeless Kane wounded Hassan Feroze, 26, with a knife during his robbery at First News.

Kane was leaning over the counter jabbing a large kitchen knife towards his victim who had to put his hands up to stop himself from being struck.

Mr Feroze received a cut to his hand and said he thought his attacker was going to kill him. He managed to run out into the street.

Kane went behind the counter and removed the till containing £1,000.

In the robbery at Dalry Newsagents two months later, Kane assaulted Umme Munni, 39, who was working in the shop.

The thief grabbed her by the face to stop her shouting. He had one hand over her mouth and was holding the knife to her face with the other. He opened the till and took about £150.

In the robbery at Subway, Kane punched a worker in the face before trying to steal money from the till.

Defence counsel Susan Duff said Kane particularly regretted the physical violence that had been perpetrated against his victims.

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