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Judge jails robbery pair as ‘a deterrent’

The son of a man who had both legs amputated after a UVF attack has been jailed for 10 years for robbing a chemist.

Andrew Peden (24), from Glencairn Way in Belfast, was convicted of robbery, possessing a gun to cause fear and possessing a crossbow.

Another man, 21-year-old Glen Beattie, from Forthriver Green, who robbed two chemists in two weeks, both at gunpoint, was|sentenced to eight years.

Belfast Crown Court Judge|Norman Lockie ordered the pair to spend half their respective|sentences in custody and half on|licence, telling the pair he was passing sentences to punish them and to “act as a deterrent” to|others.

Prosecutor David McClean|revealed that both have criminal records involving burglary and assaults.

Defence QC Frank O'Donoghue told the court Peden was also given a suspended sentence for possessing a pipe-bomb after it|exploded and “destroyed his own hand”.

He added that as Peden's father was “notoriously the victim of a punishment shooting” when he was blasted in both legs by a|shotgun.

Mr Peden snr, also Andrew, lost his legs when the UVF attacked him in 1998.

In jailing the pair, Judge|Lockie said the offences were aggravated by the fact that weapons and masks were used, and vulnerable small businesses targeted.

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