Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Man threatened shopkeeper with an axe because the store didn't sell Buckfast

A man brandished an axe and threatened a shopkeeper after being told there was no Buckfast for sale on the premises. Sean McLoughlin, 23, who is already serving time for a previous assault at Saughton Prison in Edinburgh, was sentenced to 16 months.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how Mr McLoughlin became enraged with shopkeeper Ruari Campbell for not stocking Buckfast before walking behind the counter and stealing a bottle of vodka. When Mr Campbell attempted to prevent him from leaving the store, McLoughlin pulled an axe from his sleeve and began smashing bottles.

He then proceeded to consume the vodka a short distance away from the Londis store in Edinburgh, where he was later apprehended by police, making no attempt at an escape. Defence solicitor Stephen Knowles said his client suffered from depression and had alcohol problems. He had been drinking for two days before the attack.

Sheriff Beckett told McLoughlin: "The court cannot tolerate people working in shops, providing services for the public, being subjected to behaviour likely to be intimidating and frightening indeed". Mr McLoughlin's two-year sentence was reduced to 16 months for a guilty plea and has been backdated to December 1.


Ratz said...

Given my pals who go "neck a bottle of 'soup'" before heading out for the evening, I was so expecting this to be in Belfast. (For those with opposable thumbs, soup is slang for buckfast). I guess there's another barrel with another bottom to scrape.

Anonymous said...

The Buckfast people have found their new spokesman!

"I'd go to the nick for a bottle of Buckfast!"

Who'll be available in about 18 months ...