Glasgow & West Scotland

Joseph Currie admits robbing Jim Blair Insurance in Shawlands

A man has admitted robbing an insurance office in the south side of Glasgow by pretending two bits of pipe taped together was a sawn-off shotgun.

Joseph Currie, 46, threatened to shoot staff at Jim Blair Insurance, in the city's Shawlands area, on 28 February, before making off with £2,773 in cash.

The High Court in Glasgow heard Currie has a number of previous conviction for assault and robbery.

Sentence on Currie, who is from Glasgow, was deferred.

Clothing discarded

The court heard how Currie told staff at the insurance office: "I have a package for you - a sawn-off shotgun - this is not joke give me money."

Minutes later he told them: "I've been robbing banks for 20 years and I've not shot anybody yet."

Following the robbery, Currie was seen walking towards Shawlands Cross.

He later discarded the clothing he wore and the two pieces of pipe taped together.

When he was questioned by police he led then to the bin in Norfolk Street, Glasgow, where he had dumped these items.

Judge Lord Pentland deferred sentence on Currie until next month at the High Court in Edinburgh for background reports.

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