A man has been jailed after brandishing a knife at an Aberdeen shop assistant while stealing £9.38 of cider.
Kevin McCabe, known as Tolmie, admitted assaulting the shop assistant at RS McColl on North Balnagask Road, Aberdeen, by brandishing a knife at him, threatening him and robbing him of two bottles of cider.
Fiscal depute Colin Neilson told Aberdeen Sheriff Court the incident happened at around 9.30pm on February 5.
The worker saw Tolmie go to the chiller and take two three-litre bottles of cider.
Tolmie then walked back towards the counter.
He “held up a large, brown handled kitchen knife” and said “try anything and you’ll get it” before exiting the shop with the cider.
Police were contacted and Tolmie was traced using CCTV.
Mr Neilson said Tolmie told police “what happened shouldn’t have happened” and that he had “money in the bank to pay”.
However he added Tolmie later retracted the comments, saying he had been intoxicated.
Mr Neilson added the cider was valued at £9.38.
Alex Burn, Tolmie’s solicitor, said his client had an “extensive” record but was not known to normally use violence.
He said: “He’s not an individual who would generally get into violence. These offences are generally committed to fund the drink problem which he suffers from.”
Mr Burn described the incident as an “unsophisticated” crime.
He added: “He could have just simply walked out the door but for some reason he shows the large knife to the shop assistant and makes the comments ‘try anything and you’ll get it’.
He fully accepts his culpability for this.”
Mr Burn said although alcohol is not an excuse, “he had been drinking large amounts of cider” at the time.
Sheriff William Summers told Tolmie, a prisoner of HMP Grampian: “You appear before the court with a raft of previous convictions, mostly for drugs and dishonesty.”
He sentenced him to 14 months behind bars.