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‘See you later bud’: Thief sentenced to 15 months for Moray crimes

By Ali Morrison

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AN ABERDEEN thief has been jailed for more than a year for crimes that included robbing three Moray stores and threatening a shop worker.

S Cattanach Newsagent in Aberlour has boarded up its door after the break-in.
S Cattanach Newsagent in Aberlour has boarded up its door after the break-in.

Scott Ironside (23) was also sentenced for abusive and threatening behaviour towards police officers and breaching bail conditions at Elgin Sheriff Court last Thursday.

Ironside, of Bedford Road in Aberdeen, breached an earlier community payback order, the court heard.

Sheriff David Harvie handed the 23-year-old a total of 15 months in jail for six different cases.

In December last year, the unemployed man broke into Aberlour’s post office and stole cigarettes worth £72.45 and caused £600 of damage.

He also previously robbed alcohol from Co-op stores in Aberlour and Lhanbryde, and threatened a shop worker on the same day as the Lhanbryde theft.

The court also heard Ironside had previously been barred from entering Moray, and had been caught in breach of the order several times.

Ironside was also sentenced for acting in a threatening or abusive manner in an Aberlour property and in a police van travelling to Elgin Police Station.

The court heard that the 23-year-old had called a police officer a “little pansy” during an incident which saw him “repeatedly shout, swear and make derogatory remarks” towards officers.

Ironside was handed two months in prison for three cases referring to bail breaches and acting in a threatening and aggressive manner, to be served at the same time.

He was jailed for five months for robbing the Aberlour post office, and another five months for the alcohol thefts in Aberlour’s and Lhanbryde Co-ops and threating the shop worker.

In total, he was sentenced to 15 months behind bars, backdated to November 2023.

Solicitor Ross Taggart said Ironside knew that "today is the day of reckoning".

“He has had a chance to reflect on what has been a very chaotic lifestyle for some time now," Mr Taggart said.

Ironside had been in care for most of his life, was at risk of losing his flat in Aberdeen and relied largely on food banks, he a

Mr Taggart added: "The main adult influences in his life are two social workers they have been a mainstay but, unfortunately, they cannot work miracles.

"And, although they see him about once a week, the charges before the court shows he knows that today is the day of reckoning.

"He obviously expects a custodial sentence."

However, the solicitor added that Ironside has "resolved to get a job and change his lifestyle when he is released,"

"He can’t keep going on like this for obvious reasons."

Sheriff Harvie said he would take into account Ironside's early plea and his age.

However, he added: "It seems that you have been aware that I have no other options."

After he was sentenced and led away by guards, Ironside said: “See you later, bud.”

And asked to be quiet to be quiet, he replied: “No.”

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