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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:09 pm 
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What is it with 19-year-olds in Greenock ? :roll:


Taxi driver fought off Greenock graveyard knifepoint robber

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A KNIFEPOINT robber attacked a taxi driver during a late night hold-up in a Greenock graveyard.

Kieran McDermid duped the cabbie into a bogus fare by saying it was the anniversary of his gran's death.

But the 19-year-old thug fled empty-handed after the brave driver grabbed his blade and snapped it.

The man — who'd driven McDermid to a secluded spot at the cemetery on South Street — then told him: "I'm giving you the opportunity to go now."

The desperate robber chose to punch his intended victim and then struggled with him before eventually running off.

That decision led to McDermid's downfall because he'd left traces of his DNA on the cabbie's fleece top during the tussle on December 9 last year.

He was arrested in early February after robbing a SECOND taxi driver on January 21 whilst armed with a silver-handled kitchen knife.

McDermid fled with a £10 note and a few coins after pulling the car's handbrake and forcing it to a stop in Larkfield.

He pleaded guilty on indictment to both offences at Greenock Sheriff Court and has been remanded in custody pending sentencing.

Prosecutor Emma Jeffrey said of the first attack: "The accused entered the rear of a blue Volkswagen Passat taxi on West Stewart Street, stating that it was the anniversary of his gran's death and he asked to be taken to the cemetery.

"The accused swore in stating, 'Gimme your money and don't press the panic button'.

"The complainer grabbed the knife with his right hand and it snapped."

In the second incident McDermid and a currently unknown male summoned a taxi to an address on Mary Street shortly after 4pm.

As the car entered Earnhill Road McDermid produced the kitchen blade and demanded: "Give me all your money."

McDermid admitted presenting a knife at the first driver, striking him on the head and struggling with him all to his injury and with intent to rob him.

He also pleaded guilty to assaulting the second cabbie whilst acting with another, presenting a knife and robbing him of a sum of money.

McDermid was sentenced to four months detention in April after being caught with a knife concealed within his trouser leg at Inverclyde Royal Hospital.

The teenager, formerly of Caithness Road in Larkfield, had previously begged the court not to convict him of that offence, and give him an absolute discharge instead, because he said his ambition was to become a paramedic.

Sheriff Andrew McIntyre has deferred sentence on the latest offences until June 25 for reports.

He told McDermid: "You will be in no doubt that these are very serious matters."


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:00 pm 
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What is it with 19-year-olds in Greenock ? :roll:

Copy cat crime.

Same as when a driver leaves his money in his cab at night, once the scroats smash and grab they think we are all f***ing stupid.

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because he said his ambition was to become a paramedic.

Yeah right. :---) :---) :---)

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Man who robbed taxi drivers 'to be released within weeks'

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A KNIFEPOINT robber who held up two taxi drivers will be back on the streets of Greenock within weeks.

Kieran McDermid was sentenced to 15 months detention over the offences, however the jail term has been backdated to February when he was first remanded in custody.

As offenders generally serve only half of their headline sentences it means that the 19-year-old will be released back into the community next month.

The Telegraph told in May how McDermid — who once harboured an ambition to become a paramedic — attacked one cabbie during a late night hold up in Greenock Cemetery.

He was arrested after robbing a second taxi driver of a £10 note and a handful of coins in Larkfield.

His lawyer, Edel McGinty, told a sentencing hearing: "Mr McDermid has limited recollection of the offences and it will not be a surprise to the court to learn that he was under the influence of drugs."

Miss McGinty added: "We effectively have a boy who, at 15, undertook voluntary work at the hospice and at 16 got work experience in the palliative care unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and that was with a view to becoming a paramedic.

"It is quite an unfortunate path taken for someone who had such hope and ambition to find himself in custody for such serious matters."

Sheriff Andrew McIntyre said he had taken McDermid's youth, mental health issues and his 'turbulent and challenging childhood' into account in selecting the sentence.

The young offender, who also has a conviction for having a knife within Inverclyde Royal Hospital, will be subject to seven months of supervision in the community when he is released.

McDermid duped the cemetery attack cabbie into a bogus fare by telling the man it was the anniversary of his gran's death.

But he fled empty-handed after the brave driver grabbed his blade and snapped it.

Solicitor Miss McGinty told Greenock Sheriff Court: "He is quite frankly horrified at the charges and he appreciates the level of distress both taxi drivers experienced as a result of his actions.

"He has struggled within the custodial environment and has had issues with self harm.

"His level of remorse for the matters before the court does appear to be genuine.

"He has quite frankly entered the courts with terribly serious charges, with a background where the matters before the court are out of character for him.

"This appears to be something that has given Mr McDermid quite a big shock."

Sheriff McIntyre told McDermid, formerly of Caithness Road in Larkfield, that his childhood experiences 'cannot excuse criminal conduct'.

The sheriff added: "It is hard to imaging that your childhood experiences have not affected you as a young adult.

"Your use of cannabis and cocaine from a young age led to an addiction to such drugs.

"I am satisfied that a community-based sentence would not protect the public and that the risk of harm is too great.

"I hope that your rehabilitation helps both you and protects the public in the longer term."


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