Armed robbers sentenced for ‘callous’ attacks

The High Court in Edinburgh
The High Court in Edinburgh
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Police have welcomed the sentencing of four armed robbers at Edinburgh High Court on Thursday.

Malcolm McArthur (39), Zack Howieson (16) and a 15-year-old had pleaded guilty to robbing the Late Shop in Carfrae Drive, Glenrothes, on November 12, armed with knives and a baseball bat.

Paul Crossland (21) had his not guilty plea accepted for this charge, but was guilty of breaking in and terrorising a couple in their Burntisland home that same day.

Howieson and the 15-year-old both had not guilty pleas accepted in relation to the Burntisland incident.

McArthur was sentenced to four years in prison, Crossland was sentenced to five years three months, Howieson and the 15-year-old both received child detention for three years.

Detective Sergeant Stewart Andrew described the men as “callous individuals”.

He said: “These crimes were cowardly and despicable in their nature and will have no doubt left the victims scarred for life through fear and anxiety.

“I hope these sentences send out a strong message that violent behaviour will not be tolerated within our communities and that these persons have been rightfully removed from the streets and placed behind locked doors where they will no longer present a danger to the public for a significant time.

“It should be noted that some of them were first time offenders which is a representation of how serious their actions were. I would like to thank the residents of both Burntisland and the Glenwood area of Glenrothes for their valued assistance with our investigation.”