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Robber jailed for racist attack

High Court in Glasgow
Collins had two previous convictions for violent offences

A 32-year-old man has been jailed for six years for the racially aggravated assault and robbery of a shopkeeper in Glasgow's west end.

Barry Collins admitted stabbing Sardar Reza, 35, before stealing cash from his store in Scotstoun in September 2008.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how Collins was a regular customer who Mr Reza had befriended before the attack.

But he threatened to kill Mr Reza if he refused to hand over the cash, and told him to "get back to his own country."

Mr Reza suffered a broken nose, swelling to his lip and multiple cuts during the attack.

'Entitled to respect'

Collins was later found by police in his nearby flat.

Judge Lady Smith reduced his latest sentence from eight years due to his guilty plea.

She told him: "Running this shop, Mr Reza was entitled to respect and he was entitled to be treated well and have his services appreciated.

"There had been a degree of trust between the two of you.

"He should have been able to assume that he could trust you and not become his victim."

Collins has a history of violent crime. He was jailed for five years for assault and robbery in 2001 and for three months for another assault in 1997.

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