Hammer threat scared off Inverness knife robber
A man has been jailed for two years after an attempt to rob a shop owner and his staff at knifepoint.
David Mackenzie was frightened away when proprietor Ken Mackinnon, 44, grabbed a hammer from under the counter, Inverness Sheriff Court heard.
Mackenzie, described as a prisoner, admitted attempting to rob Drummond Stores in Inverness on 18 February this year.
The 22-year-old claimed he was high on Valium at the time.
Fiscal depute David Bernard told the court that Mackenzie bought a packet of cigarettes after entering the shop.
Mr Bernard said: "Then he pulled up his hooded top on to his head and produced a knife, pointing it at one of the staff."
Mackenzie told Mr Mackinnon, who was also behind the counter, that he wanted money.
He added: "Mr Mackinnon then bent down below the counter and produced a hammer, which was used for DIY in the shop, and told Mackenzie: 'And I will give you some of this'."
The court heard that Mackenzie then ran off.