Armed robber dies in prison

High Court of Justiciary ,Royal Mile, Edinburgh,
High Court of Justiciary ,Royal Mile, Edinburgh,

A hapless criminal who admitted firing a shotgun during a post office robbery in East Renfrewshire has died in prison.

Kevin Sloane was jailed for eight years over the raid at the Martin McColls branch in Newton Mearns in 2011.

The Scottish Prison Service said the 31-year-old was found dead at Castle Huntly open jail in Perth and Kinross.

A spokesman said: “Next of kin have been informed and a Fatal Accident Inquiry may be held in due course.”

Sloane was jailed at the High Court in Edinburgh in July 2012 over the robbery

Sloane admitted robbing the store in Newton Mearns on November 2 last year and threatening to shoot two people.

He, and an accomplice made off with £5,705 during the raid.

They had entered the shop at 9am wearing masks and headed for the post office section.

Although the section was protected behind a secure, glass screen with a locked door, the two men blew the lock.

Sloane held the shotgun while his accomplice emptied the drawers of cash.

The pair made off in a van which was later abandoned.

However, Sloane left behind his photo ID driving licence, a rental agreement and his mask which had his DNA and the shotgun residue.

The court heard that Sloane, from Paisley, carried out the robbery to clear a drug debt.