Post office robber a regular customer

Post office robber was jailed at Hamilton Sheriff Court.
Post office robber was jailed at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

A customer who terrified a post office assistant with a knife and robbed her of cash has been jailed for nearly two years.

David McGregor was recognised as he made a poor job of covering his face, Hamilton Sheriff Court heard last week.

McGregor (33) targeted Forgewood post office in Bellshill Road, Motherwell, despite the staff’s kindness towards him in the past.

He admitted assaulting Asifa Sabir and robbing her of £450 while on bail on July 19 this year.

Kenny Grieve, prosecuting, told the court: “The accused walked in and pulled his hood over his head, but his face was still clearly visible and the assistant recognised him.

“He demanded she give him money and brandished a knife at this point. She said ‘No’ but he repeated his demand, snatched £450 from her hand and made good his escape.”

Defence agent Charles Ferguson said McGregor had been drinking after learning his dad was suffering from terminal cancer.

The solicitor added: “This is his local shop and he was recognised there. He is often homeless and the staff would help him by giving him food and credit. He got on well with them.”

Sheriff David Bicket jailed McGregor for 22 months and told him: “This must have been terrifying for the assistant, something she won’t forget easily.”

More on this and other court cases in the Times & Speaker, out on Wednesday.