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Shopkeeper who tackled armed robber praised by judge

Abdul Mohammed challenged Andrew Cunningham after the criminal threatened to shoot him.

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A shopkeeper who tackled an armed robber at his store has been praised by a judge.

Abdul Mohammed, 47, challenged Andrew Cunningham after the robber threatened to shoot him with what appeared to be a handgun.

Mr Mohammed suffered a dislocated shoulder during the struggle at his shop on Hamilton Road in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire.

Cunningham fled with just £30 but dropped the gun, which was later found to be an imitation pistol.

Police used DNA traces on the gun to trace the robber, who was also on bail at the time and was subject to a community payback order for another offence.

On Wednesday, 25-year-old Cunningham pleaded guilty at the High Court in Glasgow to assault and robbery. He was jailed for five years.

The court heard that during the raid in June Cunningham told Mr Mohammed he had 20 seconds to give him the contents of his till or he would be shot.

Mr Mohammed's wife was also in the shop at the time of the robbery.

Lady Rae said: "This is an extremely serious offence. You presented to what all intent and purposes appeared to be a lethal weapon at a shopkeeper trying to make a living.

"You repeatedly threatened to shoot him. He showed extreme bravery as he tackled you to prevent him shooting and he was injured."

Tony Graham QC, defending, said ex-ground worker Cunningham had a long standing issue with Valium.

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