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Robert Lipp admits break-in attempt which led to 'lazy PC' case

A man has admitted his guilt over an attempted break-in which ended a police officer's career after she said she "couldn't be bothered" to arrest him.

Robert Lipp, 45, targeted the Moon River restaurant in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, on 26 July 2010.

PC Michelle Selby was later convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice over her failure to arrest him and given 240 hours community service.

Sentence on Lipp was deferred at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

The 45-year-old pleaded guilty to attempting to force his way into the restaurant using tools, with the intent to steal.

Community punishment

Former PC Selby was jailed for a year last August after she "couldn't be bothered" to arrest Lipp when she came across him during the course of her shift.

However, following an appeal her sentence was reduced to three years' probation and 240 hours of community service.

Lipp may also avoid a jail term after Sheriff Anthony Deutsch said in court he would be "surprised" if the case was not dealt with by way of a community punishment.

He deferred sentence on Lipp - who has six previous convictions, including one for a similar offence - until next month for reports.

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