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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.

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