A shopkeeper was left terrified when a thug threatened him with a stick – over a single bottle of alcohol.
Hamilton Sheriff Court heard that Christopher Boyle was determined to get his hands on Mad Dog, the fruit-flavoured fortified wine.
He threatened to “smash” the grocer and threw a piece of wood at him before fleeing empty-handed.
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Boyle, 24, of Lamlash Place, Motherwell, admitted assaulting the shopkeeper and trying to rob him at U Save in High Street, Newarthill, on July 2 last year.
He was on bail for two other matters at the time.
Neil Thomson, prosecuting, said the victim was alone in the shop when Boyle entered about 3.45pm, with a t-shirt covering part of his face.
The fiscal stated: “Boyle began shouting that he wanted a particular brand of alcohol.
“The victim asked him to remove the t-shirt from his face so could get an idea of what age he was.
“But the accused replied ‘I can’t because of the coronavirus’.
“The shopkeeper took a bottle of Mad Dog from the shelf and put it on the counter.
“Boyle demanded that he just hand it over and tried to grab it.
“He then reached down and produced a length of wood from his sock.
“He brandished this at the grocer while shouting ‘give me the bottle of Mad Dog or I’m going to smash you’.”
Boyle’s victim “feared greatly for his safety” as the thug continued to wave the stick about before throwing it at the shopkeeper, thankfully missing the target.
After the accused left the police were called and officers viewed CCTV before arresting him nearby.
The fiscal added: “The victim was uninjured, but badly shaken by the incident.”
Defence agent Ian Scott said Boyle is “addressing a number of issues” but is hoping to join the army.
Sheriff Thomas Millar deferred sentence until later this month for a criminal justice social work report and continued bail.
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