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Alcoholic gets four years for botched robbery

An alcoholic who carried out a botched cash-in-transit robbery has been jailed for four years.

Jailing 49-year-old Richard Scullion at Belfast Crown Court, Judge Patrick Lynch QC said that no matter how much he had had to drink on October 15 last year, it was no excuse for threatening the guard with a knife. Ordering that Scullion spend half the sentence in jail and half on licence, the judge said it was an unsophisticated robbery “to put it mildly.”

Scullion accosted the G4S guard at Cityside complex in North Belfast brandishing a penknife and ran for the fence bordering North Queen Street with his £15,000 haul.

However he stumbled, was restrained by police and later pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and possessing a weapon.

Belfast Telegraph