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Kevin Sloane jailed for Newton Mearns Martin McColls raid

A man who fired a shotgun during a post office robbery in East Renfrewshire has been jailed for eight years.

Kevin Sloane, 28, admitted threatening to shoot two people at the Martin McColls branch on Mearns Road, Newton Mearns, on 2 November last year.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Sloane escaped with £5,705 in cash.

He was caught after leaving his photo ID driving licence, a rental agreement, and a mask which had his DNA and the shotgun reside, in the getaway van.

During a previous hearing, the High Court in Glasgow heard how Sloan and another man, wearing masks, entered the shop shortly after 09:00.

Lock blasted

The Post Office section was behind a secure glass screen and a locked door.

The lock was blasted off and while Sloan held the gun, the other man grabbed the money from drawers.

Both men then made off in a van which was later abandoned.

Sloan, however, left behind various items which were found by police and led to his arrest.

The court was told that Sloane, who is from Paisley, Renfrewshire, had agreed to carry out the robbery to clear a drugs debt.

Temporary judge John Morris QC told Sloan the offences to which he had pleaded guilty merited a substantial period in prison, not just to punish him, but to deter others from terrorising innocent shopkeepers.

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