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Last Updated: Monday, 7 June, 2004, 13:55 GMT 14:55 UK
Fingers-threat robber is jailed
High Court in Edinburgh
Burns was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh
A robber who threatened to cut off a man's fingers if he did not hand over his rings has been jailed for four-and-a-half-years.

A court heard how Alberto Dunlop, 40, was threatened in his home in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, by Jamie Burns.

Armed with a knife and an imitation pistol, the teenager also threatened Susan Dunlop, 25.

He demanded jewellery and made her fill pillowcases he had brought with CDs and DVDs.

Sentencing Burns, 18, to detention, judge Roderick Macdonald QC told him the attack had clearly been planned in advance to finance Burns' drug habit.

"Although your victims were not physically injured, they must have been terrified by the experience," said the judge at the High Court in Edinburgh on Monday.

Heroin addiction

He ordered Burns, who has a previous conviction for assault and robbery, to be kept under strict supervision for 18 months after the end of his sentence.

The teenager pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting and robbing the Dunlops on 13 January.

Advocate depute Andrew MacMillan, prosecuting, told how the Dunlops' ordeal started sometime during the morning.

Burns told them to take off rings, neck chains and bracelets and became angry because they were taking so long.

Mr MacMillan added: "Albert Dunlop indicated he was having difficulty taking one of the rings from his fingers, and Burns produced a black handled kitchen knife and threatened that if Mr Dunlop didn't get them off, he would cut them off."

Solicitor advocate Brian Gilfedder, defending, said Burns was addicted to heroin and carried out the robbery in search of money for drugs.


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