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Gun pair jailed for armed robbery in Kirkcaldy

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Two armed robbers who held up a store in Kirkcaldy earlier this year have both been jailed for four years and eight months.

Jay Johnstone and Sonny Gibson were sentenced by Lord Pentland at the High Court in Dumbarton today (Thursday) following conviction for the robbery at Malkha’s News and Wine Store in Birnam Road on July 1.

Chief Inspector Derek McEwan, Police Scotland area commander, said: “In the early evening of July 1, Mr Sindhu the shop owner was confronted by two men, one brandishing a gun and threatening to shoot him unless he handed over the day’s takings.

“This was a terrifying experience for Mr Sindhu, who was genuinely in fear for his life.

“I welcome the sentence of both Jay Johnston and Sonny Gibson. To undertake such a violent act and terrify a decent member of the community just to steal a few hundred pounds shows an utter disregard for anyone’s wellbeing.

“I would like to pay tribute to Mr Sindhu and thank the majority of law abiding residents of the Templehall area of Kirkcaldy who were disgusted by what had taken place and were quick to come forward to the police.

“With their assistance the resource of Police Scotland was able to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion.

“I would hope that this sentence sends a message to anyone else considering carrying out such an act.

“Officers in Fife Division can call upon and deploy the full resources of Police Scotland to detect and arrest violent offenders.

“We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that anyone committing a violent act will be held accountable for it by a court of law.”

 

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