Taxi boast robber jailed

Police outside the Santander offices in Shawlands.
Police outside the Santander offices in Shawlands.

THE man who robbed an insurance office in Shawlands using two pieces of pipe has been sentenced to seven years and 10 months in jail.

Joseph Currie (46), from Glasgow, pretended the contraption was a sawn-off shotgun during the raid of Jim Blair Insurance on February 28.

Currie was caught after hailing a cab at Shawlands Cross.

He was sweating profusely and the cab driver quipped: “What’s wrong, mate, have you just robbed a bank?”

To which Currie replied: “Yes”.

The High Court in Edinburgh had heard how Currie had gone up to staff at the insurance office and said: “I have a package for you – a sawn-off shotgun. This is not a joke – give me money”.

Later he said: “I’ve been robbing banks for 20 years and I’ve not shot anybody yet”.

After leaving the Santander offices, where Jim Blair Insurance is situated, he got rid of the clothing he was wearing – along with the pipes – and made his way to Shawlands Cross where he hailed the taxi.

After he was caught, police questioned Currie and he eventually led officers to a bin in Norfolk Street where he had left the clothing and the pipes.

Sentencing Currie, Lord Pentland said he had no option but to go for a custodial one, given the seriousness of the offence.

Lord Pentland said: “You have pleaded guilty to an extremely serious offence.

“This must have been a terrifying experience for the staff there.

“You presented what appeared to be a sawn-off shotgun and threatened to shoot them.

“You also have numerous convictions for assault and robbery.

“I am going to impose an extended sentence”.