Man jailed for seven years for attempting to rob Girvan store

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A man who threatened to rob Girvan’s Premier Store earlier this year has been jailed for a term of seven years and three months.

Paul Spowart, aged 37, was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on Tuesday 30th September after he attempted to rob the Glendoune Street store on May 18.

He was given an extended sentence as he attempted the robbery whilst out on licence from a previous prison term.

Spowart admitted to charges of assault and robbery and judge Lord Jones sentenced him to four years in prison.

The judge also ordered Spowart to carry out the 1,200 days still remaining on his sentence from a previous assault and robbery conviction in 2010.

Judge Lord Jones also told Spowart that he would be placed under supervision by the authorities for four years after his release from prison.

The incident in May provided high drama on a Sunday evening when at around 5pm Spowart entered the shop and began to act in a threatening and demanding manner towards the staff.

Police were immediately called to the scene and a number of police patrol cars and an ambulance made their way to the store.

The shop was put into “lockdown” and closed off to the public as police began their enquiries.

Spowart had fled the scene by the time police arrived but officers managed to trace him later on and charged him with assault and intent to rob.

Officers confirmed that during his attempt to rob the Premier store, Spowart did not make away with any cash from the premises.