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Robber used pillow case as mask

Police handcuffs
Image caption Reid told the officers who arrested him that he expected five years in jail, the court heard

A man disguised himself by wearing a pillow case with two eye-holes cut out when he robbed a shop where he was a regular customer, a court has heard.

David Reid threatened the cashier at a licensed grocer in Perth with a screwdriver before demanding cash, Buckfast and cigarettes.

But he was forced to take the mask off when it slipped and obscured his vision. He was arrested within minutes.

Reid, 21, from Perth, admitted the robbery. Sentence was deferred.

Perth Sheriff Court heard that Reid had walked into the Supersavers licensed grocers on Dunkeld Road, Perth, on 21 March with the pillow case over his head.

Fiscal depute Charmaine Cole said he had approached the 18-year-old cashier and threatened him.

'Expected jail'

She said: "He was brandishing a screwdriver and began shouting 'give me the money, give me the money'. The complainer was shocked and frightened and proceeded to hand over cash.

"It was a total of £90. The accused also demanded he be given some bottles of Buckfast and packets of cigarettes. At that point another person entered the shop and the accused left."

Ms Cole said money that Reid had dropped was found outside the shop.

He was discovered 10 minutes later by police, still in posession of the pillow case with the eyes cut out.

Reid told the officers who arrested him that he expected five years in jail, the court heard.

Solicitor Linda Clark, defending, said Reid was a heroin addict who had been taking a cocktail of alcohol and drugs at the time and had little recollection of events.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis deferred sentence for reports and remanded Reid in custody after warning him that a custodial sentence would be inevitable.

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